Petrels Late Rally Against No. 18 DePauw Comes Up Short

Petrels Late Rally Against No. 18 DePauw Comes Up Short

The Oglethorpe University women's basketball team lost to DePauw University on Pinholster Court on Sunday afternoon, 57-49. The Petrels held the 18th ranked Tigers to only 21 second half points and trimmed a 20 point DePauw lead all the down way to 7 before succombing in the hard fought conference battle.

The Tigers scored the first 8 points of the contest and looked to steamroll the Petrels before Oglethorpe rallied to make it a contest. DePauw surged to a 33-15 lead with 2:12 remaining in the first half before Oglethorpe scored 7 straight points to tighten things up. The Tigers, however, drilled a three-pointer as the half expied to head into the locker room up 36-22.

The Tigers controlled the first 10 minutes of the second stanza to open up a 54-34 lead with 9:32 left in the contest but the feisty Petrel squad would not go away. Oglethorpe only allowed the 18th ranked Tigers to make just 3 free throws over the final 9:32 of the contest and nearly pulled a dramatic comeback. Time, however, was not on Oglethorpe's side, and despite trimming the lead to 7 the Tigers held on for the win.

Turnovers were a key difference in the game as Oglethorpe committed 26 that the Tigers turned into 26 points. DePauw, meanwhile, only turned it over 8 times in the game from which the Petrels could only net 3 points.

Katie Weekes continued her stellar Sunday play by scoring a team-high 18 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing 5 assists. Sarah Giles controlled the glass for Oglethorpe by snatching 11 rebounds and blocking 4 more shots to extend her conference lead in that category.

The Petrels are 9-15 on the season and will play their final regular season game next Saturday night on Pinholster Court versus Sewanee.