Women Get Defensive, Topple Millsaps
The women's basketball team won on the road on Sunday afternoon when they toppled Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., 47-35. The Lady Petrels limited the Majors to 21% shooting on the day on their way to scoring the road upset and surpassing last season's win total.
Oglethorpe nearly knocked off Millsaps last month in Atlanta before going down in overtime. This time, they finished the upset off, sending the Majors to their second straight defeat and dropping them into a second place tie in the SCAC East at 10-3 in the league. And this time, it was the Petrel defense clearing the path to victory. The Lady Petrels smothered the Majors into a woeful 5-of-29 (17%) first half shooting performance and then kept the heat up in the second to earn the win.
The Petrels led throughout the contest after starting the game on an 8-0 spurt. At halftime, Oglethorpe led 22-14 and, by the early stages of the second, the advantage had extended into double-digits. The Majors made one push to cut the lead down to 5 with 3:53 to play but Sarah Giles responded with 5 straight Oglethorpe points to seal the win.
Giles led all Petrels with 13 points and 7 rebounds on the afternoon. Katie Weeks added 11 points and 6 rebounds while freshman Aisha Atwater rounded out Oglethorpe's double-digit performers with 10 points to go along with 3 steals.
The victory is the Petrels seventh on the season, surpassing last season's total with three games left on the slate. Oglethorpe is two games behind Birmingham-Southern in the SCAC East for the final tournament spot and will face the Panthers in the season finale. Next up, though, are Homecoming festivities as Sewanee comes calling on Friday at 6:00 p.m. The women will be donning pink shoelaces and wearing pink warm-up shirts in support of Kay Yow Breast Cancer Awareness Week.