N.C. Wesleyan saw its 2013-14 season come to end Thursday afternoon, dropping a hard-fought 70-63 decision to South Division top-seed Maryville College in the first round of the USA South Conference Tournament.
The loss marks the ends of the careers of four-year seniors Tiffany Bell, Monet Edwards, Shanice Goree, Jaleesa Honesty and Kourtney Salisbury.
After battling to a 27-27 tie at the break, the Bishops were able to forge a 48-40 lead with less than eight minutes remaining in the contest. The Scots, however, put together a 21-3 run during the next six minutes to lead, 61-51, at the 1:49 mark.
N.C. Wesleyan freshman Kenyata Harris, who was honored as the USA South Rookie of the Year, started the Bishops with a huge three-pointer that ignited a 12-5 Bishops run and made it a one-possession game, 66-63, with 27 seconds remaining.
Maryville answered with a deep pass and lay-up off the ensuing in-bounds play, which once again shifted the momentum and allowed the Scots to avoid the upset.
Bell finished with a game-high 20 points to lead all scorers, while Harris netted 19 of her own. Salisbury pulled down a team-high rebounds and dished out five assists. Goree and Edwards chipped in eight and seven points, respectively.
The Battling Bishops end their campaign with a 12-14 overall record.
The Bishops’ loss marked the end of the careers of four-year seniors David Gurganus and Josh Morrison.
After being tied at 61 with a littel more than 10 minutes remaining, LaGrange netted seven unanswered points to take the lead. The Bishops twice drew within three points, but the Panthers out-scored N.C. Wesleyan, 16-7, the rest of the way to seal the win and advance.
Morrison wrapped up his stellar career with 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Gurganus dished out a game-high five assists of his own.
Also reaching double-figures for the Bishops were sophomore Brandon Brown and freshman D.J. Weaver with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore Shannon Huff chipped in 11 off the bench.