Women's Basketball Drops Hendrix for First SAA Win

Women's Basketball Drops Hendrix for First SAA Win

The Oglethorpe women's basketball team picked up their first SAA win Friday evening, defeating Hendrix 62-59 in a close, hard-fought game.

Neither team shot the ball at all well in the first half, which ended with the Lady Petrels holding a five-point advantage, 22-17. Oglethorpe outscored the Lady Warriors 18-9 over the first 14 minutes of play, but Hendrix came back with an 8-0 run that lasted for most of the remainder of the first half and cut the lead to a single point, 18-17.

The Lady Petrels shot just 24 percent from the floor in the first half and Hendrix was even worse, shooting 20 percent. Hendrix was also just 1-for-11 from long distance in the period.

In the second half, both teams picked it up considerably, and they fought back and forth for control of the game. Oglethorpe went on a quick mini-run, capped by a Sarah Giles layup, to take a seven-point lead with 16:16 remaining in the game. They still held a seven-point advantage, 30-23, with 15:30 remaining when Hendrix started to make their big run.

The Lady Warriors tied the game at 34-apiece with 12:57 remaining and, after a period where the two teams traded baskets, Hendrix hit back-to-back threes and suddenly had a five-point lead, 48-43. Two straight baskets by Giles cut the lead back to one, however, and the Lady Petrels would take the lead again, 53-52, on a Giles layup with 5:30 remaining.

They took the lead for good three minutes later when freshman guard Gabby Cole buried a three-pointer to give them a 56-54 advantage. They extended the lead to six points with 1:25 remaining by hitting free throws. Hendrix was able to get possession of the ball down by just three with four seconds remaining, but couldn't get a clean shot.

The Lady Petrels shot 56 percent during the second half to Hendrix's 48 percent, a significant improvement over the first half for both teams. Oglethorpe outscored the Lady Warriors 26-18 in the paint.

Giles tallied another double-double, scoring 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and grabbing 12 rebounds. Eighteen of her 20 points, including 7-for-10 shooting, came in the second half. Cole scored 14 points and freshman guard Kalin Williams posted 15.

The Lady Petrels improve to 3-10 on the season, 1-1 in SAA play. They next take the court Sunday afternoon when they welcome Rhodes to Dorough Field House. The game will tip off at 1 p.m.