FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Methodist upset No. 16 Ferrum College 64-61 on Saturday afternoon at the Riddle Center.
The Monarchs (16-8, 11-6 USA South) forced the 16th-ranked Panthers (21-3, 15-2 USA South) into 23 turnovers and just 37.5 percent shooting (9-24) in the second half in holding on for the win.
Trailing by one (59-58) following a three-point play by FC’s Jacole Hairston, Iesha Hayes’ jumper on MU’s next possession gave Methodist the lead for good (60-59) with 1:48 to play. Hayes then came up with a steal on the Panthers’ next possession and fed Brianna Robinson for a layup and a 62-59 lead with 1:24 on the clock.
Ferrum pulled to within two (62-60) as Katy Kipps made good on 1-of-2 shots from the charity stripe with 1:10 to play. After Kylene Culler made 1-of-2 free throws to inch Ferrum within a single point (62-61), Robinson came down with the defensive rebound after Culler missed her second free throw and was fouled, forcing her to leave the game with an injury. Courtney Woods was called upon to shoot Robinson’s free throws and made good on 1-of-2 to make it a 63-61 game with 21 seconds to play.
Ferrum missed a chance to tie the game on its next possession and Woods once again went to the line where she split a pair to make it a three-point game (64-61 with 12 seconds left. Ferrum had one last chance to tie, but Tesla Akers’ contested three from the left wing fell short and Methodist emerged victorious.
In the first half, Methodist built an early eight-point lead (14-6) behind seven quick points from Christina Schrader with just over four minutes elapsed. However, FC answered with a 12-2 run to take its first lead of the contest, 18-16, on a Kemani Crawford layup with 11:00 left in the opening half. From there, the lead changed hands six more times as the two teams traded buckets back and forth. Akers drilled a 3-pointer with just about a minute and a half left to give Ferrum a 32-31 lead that it would carry into the break.
For the game, Ferrum outshot MU 45.1 percent (23-51) to 37.7 percent (23-61), and the Panthers held a 37-33 advantage in rebounding. Methodist made up for it by turning the ball over just 14 times to FC’s 23 miscues.
Schrader led the way for Methodist with a game-high 18 points and added five rebounds. Robinson narrowly missed a double-double with 16 points and nine boards and T.T. Taylor added eight points, six rebounds and five steals.
Jacole Hairston led the Panthers with 14 points and Akers added 10. Kylene Culler pulled down 13 rebounds.