The Maryville College Scots fell in a heartbreaking fashion on Saturday evening, as Piedmont College took the USA South Athletic Conference Championship with a 13-0 run to end the ball game, 58-44.
After trailing 45-33 with 8:11 to go in the, Maryville used a huge burst to cut the game to one. The Scots used an 11-0 run behind seven points from Lauren Biliter.
MC trailed by only one, 45-44, with as Rachel Hawn knocked down a lay-in with 4:47 remaining in the contest. However, numerous Lions combined for the 13-0 burst to end the game, 58-44.
The Scots couldn't find their shot on the day, knocking down just 17-of-58 (29.3 percent) from the floor. MC hit only five treys at a 21.7 percent clip.
The Scots outrebounded Piedmont, 44-29, but Maryville was called for 22 fouls compared to only 11 for the Lions. However, 21 turnovers proved costly for MC, as Piedmont tallied 19 points off Scots' miscues.
For the Scots (23-5), it was Hawn that led the way with a double-double 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight boards. Biliter added 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Freiermuth had eight points and eight boards.
Hudgens added four points and four assists off the bench, while Libby Gardner, Haley Talbott and Brittany Johnson each totaled three points. Gardner had five assists and a block, while Johnson added three rebounds.
Piedmont (21-7) was led by USA South Tournament MVP Carlie Shields who scored 21 points with three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Bridgette Kelly scored 12 points off the bench for the Lions, while pulling down six rebounds, four steals and a block.
Maryville will now wait in hopes of a NCAA At-Large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Selection Show is slated for Monday afternoon.