RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lindsay Gauldin poured in a game-high 22 points as Guilford College won its women's basketball season opener, 54-45, at Meredith College on Wednesday evening.
Gauldin, a sophomore, was 7-of-15 shooting, made two three-pointers and converted 6-of-8 free throws. Freshman teammate Carisma Lynn contributed 12 points (5-of-10 from the field) and senior Julie Carini grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds for the visitors. Senior Miracle Walters added eight points for Guilford.
The Quakers led 8-7 after the first period and held a 21-20 edge at halftime. Meredith trailed, 38-33, heading to the final quarter. The Avenging Angels cut the lead to three points on three occasions in the last period. Gauldin made two free throws with 5:05 left to give Guilford its biggest lead of the game, 50-39.
Kate Perko paced Meredith (1-2) with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She was 7-for-17 shooting. Kimberly Schuh added nine points for the home club.
Guilford shot 19-for-51 for 37-percent in the contest. Meredith hit 32-percent (17-53) from the field. The Quakers led in rebounding, 36-35. The Avenging Angels committed 15 turnovers and forced 16 Guilford miscues.
The Quakers host St. Mary's (Md.) on Friday. The Guilford home opener starts at 5:30 p.m.