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Ferrum rallies for win, claims tournament's No. 1 seed

Monday, February 18, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C -- Ferrum College doubled Greensboro (N.C.) College's second-half scoring output Sunday and defeated the Pride 67-50 in a USA South Athletic Conference women's basketball game Sunday at Hanes Gymnasium.

The contest was the 2013 regular-season finale for both teams.

With the win, their second this season over Greensboro, the Panthers (16-2 in the USA South, 22-3 overall) earn the No. 1 seed for this week's conference tournament in Fyetteville N.C.

Ferrum will play No. 8 seed Averett University in the first of four quarterfinal games set for Friday.

The Panthers, the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division III South Region and ranked No. 16 and No.18 nationally, will share the regular-season championship with Christopher Newport University and Maryville (Tenn.) College.

Ferrum rallied from a 29-25 halftime deficit by outscoring Greensboro (8-10 in the USA South, 12-12 overall) 42-21 after intermission.

The Panthers won despite making only 40.8 percent of their shots from the field (20 of 49). They limited the Pride to 31 percent shooting (22 of 71).

Fifteen of Ferrum's field goals were produced by an assist.

The Panthers were 19 of 25 from the free-throw line; the Pride was 2 of 3.

Ferrum only committed 10 personal fouls for the game.

Each team claimed 40 rebounds.

Ferrum (18) and Greensboro (16) combined to commit 34 turnovers.

Tesla Akers paced the Panthers with 15 points.

Kayla Goins, who was 3 of 3 from 3-point range, came off the bench to score 11 points, while Jacole Hairston and Katy Kipps each tallied 10.

Only four players scored for Greensboro

Bianca Richburg netted a game-best 23 points and Chevena Pickard finished with 18.

Also scoring for Ferrum were Kylene Culler with eight points, Shea Smith (Franklin County) with six, Boreika Burwell (Franklin County) with five and Kemani Crawford with two.

Culler grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds.

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