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Panthers top Averett to advance to semifinals

Friday, February 22, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Katy Kipps, Jacole Hariston and Tesla Akers, Ferrum College's top three scorers, each finished in double figures Friday as the No. 1 seed Panthers bested No. 8 seed Averett University, 74-59, in the quarterfinals of the 2013 USA South Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament at the Crown Center Arena.

Averett (8-18) ends its season with the loss.

Ferrum (23-3) moves on to Saturday's semfinials with the victory, its second this season over the Cougars.

Also with the victory, the Panthers, the No. 1 team in the NCAA Division III South Region and ranked nationally in two polls, equals the school record for single-season victories they set last year in winning their first conference championship since 1995.

Ferrum is in the semifinals for the 12th time in 13 years, and it has never lost a quarterfinal-round game in Bryan Harvey's head coaching tenure, now in its eighth year.

Ferrum is 25-22 in tournament play since 1989, the year the Panthers made their inaugural appearance in the postseason event.

The Panthers led by 13 points, 35-22, at halftime and outscored the Cougars 39-37 after intermission.

Ferrum's largest lead was 20 points with 9:50 left in the game. Averett led just once: at the 19:39 mark of the first half.

Both teams failed to make 40 percent of their shots from the field -- Averett converted 37.1 to Ferrum's 39.4.

The Panthers scored 21 points off 23 Cougars' turnovers and collected 10 second-chance points.

Averett's Mette Scheiman, who played the entire game, netted 18 points to lead all scorers.

Shannon Smith finished with 13 points for the Cougars and Jessica Myers scored 11.

Kipps paced Ferrum with 14 points, Hairston netted 12 and Akers tallied 11.

Kipps was 6 of 11 from the field and Hairston, who ranks seventh nationally in field-goal percentage was 5 of 10.

Also scoring for the Panthers were Kelsey Frazier with nine points, Kylene Culler and Shea Smith (Franklin County) with eight, Boreika Burwell (Franklin County) and Kayla Goins each with five and Jessica Rhodes with two.

Kipps completed a double-double by pulling down a game-best 13 rebounds.

Hairston grabbed seven rebounds and Smith distributed a game-best five assists.

 
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