January 20, 2013

Women's Basketball Wins Defensive Battle in Sewanee, 39-35

The Oglethorpe women's basketball team prevailed in a tough defensive battle in Sewanee, Tenn., Sunday afternoon, defeating Sewanee, 39-35.

Oglethorpe fell behind early, as Sewanee embarked on a 12-2 run to open the game, holding that 10-point lead with 11:14 remaining in the first half. The Lady Petrels ended the first half on a run of their own, though, outscoring the Lady Tigers 17-10 over the remainder of the first half. At halftime, Sewanee led 22-19.

In the second half, Sewanee went on a 9-3 mini-run to retake a nine-point lead, 31-22, with 16:22 remaining. However, from that point, Sewanee went ice cold. They did not make a field goal for the rest of the game, and went 12:28 without scoring a point of any kind. The Lady Petrels went on a 15-0 run to seize control of the game and lead 37-31 with 3:50 remaining. Sewanee scored four straight points to break their string and pull to within two points, 37-35, with 30 seconds remaining. But freshman guard Gabbly Cole hit two free throws to give the Lady Petrels their two-possession lead back. Sewanee missed their shot at the other end and Oglethorpe grabbed the defensive rebound, sealing their second conference victory of the season.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well, but Oglethorpe outshot Sewanee on the day, 34 percent to 26 percent. They outscored the Lady Tigers 20-13 in the second half.

Senior center Sarah Giles tallie another double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Kalin Williams scored 11 points and snatched five rebounds.

The win improves the Lady Petrels to 4-13 on the season, 2-4 in SAA play.  It also moves Oglethorpe into a tie with Birmingham-Southern for fifth place in the league. They will next be in action Friday night, when they travel to Jackson, Miss., to play Millsaps at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

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