FERRUM, Va. — Tesla Akers posted a game-high 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting to lead Ferrum College to an 82-52 USA South victory over Peace College on Saturday afternoon inside Swartz Gymnasium.
The Panthers improve to 14-4 overall, 9-2 in the league. The Pacers drop to 2-16 overall, 1-10 in conference action.
Ahead 41-37 at the break, Ferrum exploded out of intermission with a 26-2 run to build a 28-point spread at the midway point of the second stanza. Ashley Clements buried a jumper from the left wing to give the hosts its largest lead, 80-49, with under three minutes remaining.
The Panthers shot a season-best 60 percent from the floor on 33-of-55 shooting. The defense was stellar in the second frame, holding Peace to 15 points and 8.7 percent shooting, which allowed Ferrum to pull away.
The Black and Gold were able to outscore the visitors 23-4 on fast-break points and 35-14 on bench points.
Katy Kipps finished with 12 points to account for the only other Panther to cross into double figures. However, Ferrum had a balanced scoring attack with seven players with six points or more. Kristen Keith notched a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Pacers were led by Crystal Alston with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
Coach Bryan Harvey's squad embarks on a two-game road swing beginning with a USA South tilt in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 against Meredith College. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.