GREENSBORO, N.C. – Tesla Akers had 15 points and Kayla Goins had 13 as Ferrum College's women's basketball team beat Greensboro College tonight at Hanes Gymasium. The two teams were tied with Christopher Newport University at the top of the USA South Athletic Conference standings.
The Panthers led by 16 points in the first half, and built a 20-point lead at 59-39 with just under nine minutes left to play before Greensboro made a charge.
The Pride used a 23-9 run over the next eight minutes to cut the Panthers’ lead to six points with 36 seconds left. Goins and Shea Smith (Franklin County) each sunk a free throw and Akers make a layup down the stretch to seal the win.
Akers had 11 points and five steals in the first half. She closed the game with 15 points, six steals, two rebounds and an assist. Goins finished with 13 points, four assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Kristen Keith had 12 points and seven assists, while Smith had 11 points and seven rebounds. Keith passed Tina McBride (1,384 points) for fourth place on the all-time career scoring list tonight. The stellar senior now has 1,389 points in her career.
Ferrum drilled six of 13 shots from behind the arc in the first half en route to a 39-28 halftime lead. Greensboro (17-4, 12-3) got 16 points and 11 rebounds from All-American Danielle Duncan.
The win kept Ferrum in a first-place tie with Christopher Newport, which defeated Averett University 50-29 tonight on the road.
The Panthers (18-4, 13-2 USA South) will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 11, at home against Methodist University. The USA South doubleheader tips off at 2 p.m. with the women's game, and will followed by the men's game at 4 p.m.