RALEIGH — Meredith College sophomore Gabi Jessup powered the Angels to a 71-59 victory over Huntington College with a lights-out performance from three-point range.
Jessup, a former member of the East Surry girls basketball team, shot 5-5 from long range and led her team with 21 points as the Angels (5-10, 3-4) came away with a key victory in the USA South Conference on Sunday afternoon.
The former Lady Cardinal gave Meredith a quick lead, scoring 14 of her team’s first 16 points for a six-point advantage with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter. Jessup’s fourth three-pointer of the contest provided the Angels with a 21-14 lead heading into the second period.
The Hawks kept Jessup quiet in the second and third quarters, but a pair of three-pointers in the final period coupled with some intense defense that limited Huntington to 1-10 shooting allowed the Angels to slip away with a conference victory.
Jessup also went 2-2 from the free throw line and shot 7-8 overall in the win.
On the season, Jessup is the third-leading scorer for Meredith with an average of 8.0 points per game. She also is the Angels’ most prolific three-point shooter, averaging 1.8 connections from long distance per contest.
Jessup is averaging the sixth-most minutes this season, right behind the five usual starters for Meredith. However, she’s started five of the past seven games for the Angels and seems to be working her way into extended playing time in the USA South Conference slate.
Sunday’s 21-point output was her season-high, but Jessup has reached the double-digit scoring mark on six different occasions this season.
After starting the season 2-9, the Angels have won three of their past four contests and are now with a game of .500 in conference play. They will try to reach that benchmark against the nationally ranked Maryville Scots on Friday night. It will begin a six-game homestand for the Angels.