Lady Petrels Hang Tough But Fall to Panthers Late
The Oglethorpe University women's basketball team lost to Birmingham-Southern in Alabama on Friday night, 67-55. The Petrels trimmed a late Panthers lead to 58-55 with the 3:33 to play in the game but Birmingham-Southern rattled off the last 9 points of the contest to claim the win.
The Petrels hung tough with the Panthers throughout the first half, tying the score on three separate occasions: at 17-17, 19-19 and again at 22-22 with 5:34 to play in the half. Oglethorpe claimed their first lead (26-25) on a hoop by Kristin Zipkin with 3:02 remaining but Birmingham-Southern closed the half on an 8-2 run to take a 33-28 lead into the break.
The Petrels fell behind 35-29 at the start of the second half before Kelley Reeves and Riley Cerone connected on back-to-back three-pointers to knot the score at 36 apiece. The Panthers countered by building a 52-43 lead with 8 minutes to play before Oglethorpe staged a late rally to make tighten things up.
A driving basket by Katie Weeks was sandwiched inbetween two Sarah Jones three-balls and Oglethorpe trimmed the lead to 54-51 with 5:50 remaining. Then, with 3:33 to play, Katie Weeks scored, was fouled and made her free throw to bring Oglethorpe to within 58-55. The Panthers, however, held the Petrels scoreless the rest of the way to claim the win.
Kelley Reeves made 6 of 9 shots to lead Oglethorpe with 13 points on the night. Weeks added 12 and Jones added 11 to round out the Petrels in double figures.
Oglethorpe is now 9-12 on the season and will face Rhodes College this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.