MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Despite a career-high scoring performance from freshman Alexis Stallard, the Pfeiffer University women's basketball team fell to Limestone College 75-59 inside Merner Gymnasium. Stallard scored 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting and chipped in four rebounds and one steal in just under 30 minutes of playing time. The loss drops the Falcons to 1-8 overall and 0-2 in Conference Carolinas play. The Saints improve to 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in the conference.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 14-7 lead on Limestone following a beautiful shot by Stallard, however seven points would be the home team's highest lead of the game. Over the next five minutes, the Saints would go on an 11-0 run capped off by two free throws from Ayshia McNeil. The Falcons would not be deterred, and facing a six point deficit with 2:27 left to go in the first half, began to claw their way back into the game. Following a jumper by junior Caressa Samuel, the Falcons went on a 5-1 run to shorten Limestone's lead to two points. Pfeiffer would take that momentum to the locker room down only 32-30 at halftime
The second half however would be all Limestone. The Saints came out firing on all cylinders and following two straight three-pointers by McNeil in the first two minutes of the half, Limestone stretched their lead to 10. The Falcons shot 47.8% from the field in the second half and 46.8% for the game, both percentages significantly higher than the visitors. Despite leading the way in accuracy, the Falcons were bested by a 14 point differential in the second half. Limestone spread the ball around quite a bit, boasting four players in double-figures and draining eight three-pointers on the game compared to only two by the Falcons.
Stallard led all players with her 20-point performance and was joined in the double-figure column by junior Carter Williams who chipped in 14. Pfeiffer was 61.9% from the charity stripe, tallied five blocks as a team as well as seven steals.
The Falcons return to action on December 20 when they host Benedict at 6 p.m.