January 27, 2013

Women's Basketball Falls to Birmingham-Southern, 63-50

The Oglethorpe women's basketball team lost to Birmingham-Southern Sunday afternoon, 63-50, in Birmingham, Ala. The loss drops them to 4-15, 2-6 in SAA play. They maintain their position in sixth place in the league standings.

The Lady Petrels started out well in the first half, jumping out to a 10-5 lead with 12:28 remaining in the first half. Freshman guard Emily Buck hit a layup to cap the early run. 
However, from that point, the Lady Petrels went cold from the field. Birmingham-Southern wasn't shooting particularly well in the early going, either, but they slowly built a lead over the remainder of the first half. They finished the half on a 23-8 run and led 28-18 going into the locker room. The Lady Petrels shot 20 percent over the first half while the Lady Panthers shot 36 percent. 

In the second half, Birmingham-Southern went on a 15-2 run over a seven-minute period early in the half to take full command of the game. They led 46-25 with 13:17 remaining, and with 8:10 remaining would take their largest lead of the game, 54-31.

From there, Oglethorpe went on a 15-5 run late, cutting the Lady Panthers' lead to 13, 61-48, with 1:21 remaining. But there wasn't enough time to get back into the game, and Birmingham-Southern came away with the 63-50 victory.

The Lady Petrels shot just 29 percent for the game, while Birmingham-Southern shot 43 percent. The Lady Panthers outshot Oglethorpe 44-to-19 percent from the 3-point line. Oglethorpe did outrebound Birmingham-Southern 44-39, commit 11 turnovers to the home team's 13, and outscore them in second-chance points 14-8.

Freshman guard Kalin Williams finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to go along with four assists. Freshman guard Gabby Cole scored a team-high 15 points, and junior guard Kyana Jenkins snatched eight rebounds.

The Lady Petrels will next take the floor Friday evening, when they return to Dorough Field House to take on Centre at 6 p.m.

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