GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro (North Carolina) College rallied from a 17-point, first-quarter deficit by scoring 46 points and limiting Ferrum College to 27 after halftime in a 76-67 non-conference women’s basketball win over the Panthers Tuesday at Hanes Gymnasium.
By the end of the third period, the Pride (3-2) was within four points, 54-50, and with less than eight minutes to play, it was ahead for only the second time, 56-55, after a 3-point field goal by Kate Lewis.
The Panthers (0-5) would equal the count at 58, courtesy of a Kayla Cabiness 3-pointer with 6:54 showing. Moments later, a basket and two free throws by Cameron Hawkins would produce a 64-60 lead with 5:11 remaining.
From there, Greensboro responded with a 16-3 scoring surge, one in which the Pride tallied nine of those points by swishing three 3-pointers, to complete its rally.
The Panthers led by 10 points, 40-30, but were out-scored 46-27 after intermission.
Ferrum’s loss is its 25th in a row dating to last year and it has not won in more than a calendar year — its last win came at the expense of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival Eastern Mennonite University on Nov. 24, 2018 in what was its debut in the league.
Ferrum and Greensboro are former USA South Athletic Conference rivals. The foes staged probably one of the league’s most memorable games in the semifinals of the 2008 postseason tournament when the Pride edged the Panthers, 117-113, in double overtime at Christopher Newport University’s Freeman Center.
Fast forward 11 years to Tuesday and the Panthers held leads of 16-5 and 22-5 in the opening frame and at the end of the period their advantage was 13 points, 24-11.
The Pride took the second stanza, 19-16. The Panthers scored five of the first seven points of the second half before the Pride answered with an 18-9 run.
“It was a tough loss. We got off to a great start, but we allowed Greensboro to hang in there in the second and third quarters because of turnovers, offensive rebounds and we sent them to the free-throw line more than we should have,’’ Panthers head coach Bryan Harvey said.
“They picked up their defensive intensity in the fourth quarter and hit some big shots,’’ Harvey said.
Ferrum converted 35.1 percent of its shots (20 of 57) from the field as opposed to Greensboro’s 34.3 percent (23 of 67).
But the Pride forced 28 turnovers, nine fewer than they committed, and held advantages in the following statistical categories at game’s end: rebounds (45-40), assists (16-11), points off turnovers (32-18), second-chance points (13-9), points-in-the-paint (24-12), fast-break points (13-4) and bench points (31-16).
“We have to learn to keep our composure when teams make runs. We have to find ways to win games like this. I think we will as we move forward,’’ Harvey said.
Of Ferrum’s five losses this season, one is by six (to Mary Baldwin University) and one is by nine (to Greensboro). The other three are double-figure defeats.
Lewis finished with 21 points, 18 of which she netted by swishing six 3-pointers.
Ashley Free tallied 21 points too and passed out six assists, while Sabria Joseph scored 13 and Destiny Timberlake pulled down a game-best eight rebounds.
Seven other players scored for Greensboro.
Cabiness, a freshman, scored a game-best 23 points on a 7 of 15 shooting display.
The former Magna Vista prep star has surpassed the 20-point mark in scoring in three of Ferrum’s five games. Her 23 points matches her career-best output that was established in a conference setback to Guilford (North Carolina) College.
Jacy Marvin scored 20 points, 18 of which she tallied by hitting six 3-pointers.
Five other players scored for the Panthers.
Hawkins and Cabiness each grabbed six rebounds and Cabiness passed out four assists.
Ferrum returns to action Sunday at 2 p.m. at William P. Swartz Gymnasium against reigning ODAC champion Shenandoah University.
“We will take a couple of days off (for Thanksgiving) and get back at it (today) and Saturday to prepare for Shenandoah. We just have to stick together and keep working. We will be okay,’’ Harvey said.