STAUNTON, VA – The Mary Baldwin University women’s basketball team defeated Methodist University this afternoon 70-69 in USA South Conference play. The win breaks a 100 game conference losing streak for the Fighting Squirrels.
Mary Baldwin jumped out to an 18-15 lead after the first period behind Kemper Snyder’s seven points.
The visitor’s took the lead in the next ten minutes when Kodi Centry hit a jumper at the 8:30 mark. The Monarchs continued to slowly build on the lead and held a 37-27 advantage with a minute to go. Mary Baldwin hit two baskets and a free throw to quickly cut the lead in half before going into the locker room.
In the critical third period, the two teams battled for the lead. Mary Baldwin pulled to within one at the 8:29 mark when Cheyanne Micheal hit a three point jumper. The Monarch’s answered in the next two minutes building a seven point lead. The Fighting Squirrels refused to give up. With 4:37 left in the period, Micheal hit a layup to give Mary Baldwin the 49-48 advantage.
The battle continued in the final period. Methodist again took the lead when Centry scored on a jumper giving them a 65-64 lead. Both teams were held scoreless for the next three minutes. After a couple of free throws, Centry again scored for the Monarchs.
Trailing 69-64 with a minute to go, Mary Baldwin called a time out followed by a made jumper by Kemper Snyder. Snyder then grabbed a rebound after a missed free throw by Kayla Goldsmith. Mary Baldwin used their final timeout to again set up the play. Snyder was fouled and sank both critical free throws to pull Mary Baldwin to within one.
A turnover by Methodist gave the Fighting Squirrels the opening they needed. Cauy Duboise drove to the basket as time ran out scoring on a reverse layup to give Mary Baldwin the 70-69 win.
Duboise and Snyder both finished the day with a double-double. Duboise led the team with 23 points and 12 rebounds while Kemper Snyder equaled a career high 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cheyanne Micheal and Nyla Issac added 13 and 11 points respectively.
Mary Baldwin University, 2-21 (1-14 USAS), continue play next week at Ferrum College before finishing at home against Peiffer University next Saturday.