MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Pfeiffer University put five players in double-figures led by Christina Harvey's 17 points and 12 rebounds while Jodie Lemons had a career-high 21 rebounds to go along with her 15 points during a 75-59 victory over Queens in the first round of the Conference Carolinas women's basketball tournament on Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Falcons improve to 23-5 overall and advance to the semifinals traveling to Barton on Friday while the Royals end their season at 13-14.
Back-and-forth early on in the first half with very few whistles, a layup by Harvey and jumper from Bridget Rothert put the Lady Falcons up 17-14 with 12:05 remaining in the half until a three-pointer by Queens' Melissa Thomas knotted the contest at 17-17.
A quick 7-0 run led by five points from Harvey put the hosts back up seven before three-straight Sarah Myatt buckets for the Royals got them back to within three at 28-25 with 5:40 left. Up seven after a Rother three with 42 ticks left, Shatonya Hardy drained her own three as Pfeiffer took a 36-32 lead into the locker room.
Pfeiffer was whistled for five quick fouls over the first 1:43 of the second half as Queens cut the lead down to one on a Shonice Pettaway jumper. From that 38-37 Lady Falcon lead, the hosts would cruise out on a 13-2 run using a Lemons three and free throws and five points from Rothert to go up 51-39 with 14:10 remaining.
Brittany Cox hit a jumper with 5:22 remaining to put Pfeiffer up as much as 14 before Lemons and Rhoney accounted for the final six free throws, four by Rhoney, to secure a 75-59 victory for the Lady Falcons.
Harvey's team-high 17 points and 12 rebounds led the way while Lemons finished with her 15 and 21. Cox would finish the day with 14 while Rhoney and Rothert each dumped in 12. Pfeiffer would hold the edge in rebounding 54-45 and hit 84% of their free throws going 16-of-19.