A battle for sole possession of first place in the USA South Athletic Conference saw the No. 23 ranked Maryville College Scots travel to No. 24 ranked Ferrum College. A poor shooting first half and foul trouble put Maryville at an 18 point deficit before a strong second half comeback. With 1:43 remaining in the game, Ferrum out scored the Scots 5-2 to secure the hard fought 62-59 victory.
MC could only manage a 27% shooting effort before the first half came to a close. With four starters in foul trouble, Maryville trailed 36-22 at the half.
Maryville trimmed the 14 point disadvantage throughout the second half. At the eight minute mark, MC took advantage of baskets by Alex Bond and Tayler Smith to pull within six points (53-47). Back to back treys by Lauren Burnett and a rebound and basket by Kiera Payne tied the game at 57-57 with 1:43 remaining. Ferrum took advantage to being in a bonus situation and knocked down their free throws to secure the victory.
Maryville (18-3, 12-2 USA South) was paced by Lauren Burnett. The junior guard hit 6-of-8 shots including a 5-for-6 effort from beyond the arc to finish with 17 points. Tayler Smith was 6-for-9 from the floor for 13 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Freshman Mackenzie Puckett added 11 points and seven rebounds. Alex Bond was also strong on the boards with seven rebounds while tossing in eight points.
Ferrum moves to 19-2 overall and 13-1 in the USA South.
The Scots will prepare for their final home series against Piedmont and LaGrange this weekend. MC will host the Lions on Saturday at 2:00 and will celebrate "Play for Kay Day" to bring awareness to cancer research. Sunday's game against LaGrange will be "Senior Day" as MC honors their seven senior standouts.