The Oglethorpe University women's basketball team was defeated by the Southwestern University Pirates on Saturday night in Georgetown, Texas, 92-63. Playing on successive nights, the Petrels were done in by cold shooting (29%) in dropping their fourth straight conference contest.
The Petrels only trailed the Pirates by a scant three points (14-11) after two Rena Crossland free throws with 13:08 to play in the first half but the Pirates exploded for a 22-3 run over the next 4:54 seconds to establish a 36-14 lead to take control of the game. Oglethorpe managed to whittle the lead down to 13 points with 1:18 to play in the first half but Southwestern scored the final four points to take a 45-28 lead into the break.
Sarah Jones hit back-to-back threes with 8 minutes remaining in the second half to bring Oglethorpe within 15 points of Southwestern with the score 69-54 but Oglethorpe would get no closer and fell for the sixth time in seven games.
On a tough shooting night where the Petrels only hit 18 of 62 shots from the field, Jones was a bright spot, hitting all five of her three-point attempts on her way to a team-high 15 points. Kristin Zipin, who has emerged recently after recovering from an injury, scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, forced three steals and dished 2 assists in an encouraging performance for a squad that has been bit by the injury bug.
Katie Weeks scored 11 points and grabbed a team high 6 rebounds in the loss while Riley Cerone hit double-figures yet again with 13 points. The Petrels, however, could not overcome Southwestern on a night where they made a remarkable 65% of their shots (34-52).
Oglethorpe is now 7-9 on the season and 2-5 in SCAC play. The Petrels return home to face Austin College this Friday at 6:00 p.m. on Pinholster Court.