January 22, 2012

Dominant Second Half Guides Lady Petrels to Victory

The women's basketball team topped Austin College on Sunday afternoon 62-51 to give the Lady Petrels back-to-back victories for the first time since the opening week of the season. Oglethorpe used a dominant second half to knock off the Kangaroos in rather easy fashion.

The Petrels got the early jump in this one, scoring 10 of the game's first 12 points to race out to an 8 point lead. The Kangaroos steadied themselves, however, and fought back to take a 28-26 lead at halftime. Austin used a 14-0 first half advantage in points off turnovers to spur their rally and take the slim advantage into the locker room.

The second half was an entirely different story as the Petrels outscored the 'Roos 8-0 in points off turnovers, 11-0 in second chance points and 16-0 in bench points. A three-ball from Sarah Jones with 12:34 left in the game made the score 36-34 and put the Petrels ahead for good.

The score was 40-37 Oglethorpe out front with less than 10 to play when the Lady Petrels exploded for a 14-0 run over the next 6 minutes to put the game away. Christian Langston started the spurt with a jumper and Aisha Atwater followed with back-to back hoops to push the lead to 9. Riley Cerone and Jones hit three-pointers on the next two possessions and Katie Weeks capped the flurry with a layup. When the dust had settled, Oglethorpe owned a 54-37 lead with under 4 minutes to play and the game was already on ice. The 'Roos made three treys in the final 90 seconds to keep the margin from swelling to 20.

Jones led all Petrels with 13 points on the afternoon. Sarah Giles and Riley Cerone each tallied 12 as Giles pulled down a team-high (tied with Ky'Laine Rogers) seven boards. Oglethorpe took care of the basketball (18 assists versus only 10 turnovers) and dominated the points in the paint (24-2) to post a stress-free win. Austin attempted 38 three-pointers in the game but made only 13 of those attempts.

The Lady Petrels are now 5-13 (2-7) on the season. They hit the road this weekend to face Hendrix on Friday and Colorado College on Sunday.

 

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