FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Mary Baldwin University women's basketball team opened conference play on the road this afternoon at Methodist University falling to the Monarchs 63-85.
The home team jumped out to a 20-11 lead in the first quarter going 7-7 from the free throw line.
Mary Baldwin answered in the second quarter when Aayana Nedd sparked the offense with 13 points. The Fighting Squirrels trailed by just 9 points at the half.
The third quarter proved to be the difference in the game. With four minutes left in the period and up 10 points, the Monarchs went on a 7-0 run in the next two minutes to take a commanding 17-0 lead.
Mary Baldwin continued to battle in the final period but the Monarch's dominated the paint and controlled the boards all afternoon.
Methodist University was led by Kodi Centry and Kayla Goldsmith who scored 16 and 14 points respectively. Goldsmith also added 10 rebounds.
Ayana Nedd finished the afternoon with a career-high 27 points. She was followed by Cauy Duboise with 10 points. Teanna Peavy grabbed 8 rebounds for Mary Baldwin while Nedd tallied 7.
Mary Baldwin University, 1-5 (0-1 USAS), continue conference play tomorrow afternoon taking on N.C. Wesleyan College at 2:00pm.