The Oglethorpe women's basketball team fell to 13th-ranked crosstown rival Emory Wednesday evening, losing 77-50 to the visiting Eagles in their home opener at Dorough Field House.
Emory raced out to a huge lead right away, never really giving the Stormy Petrels a chance to fight their way into the game. The visiting Eagles began the game on a 34-9 run over the first 13:27. At one point, the Petrels went over 12 minutes without a field goal. The Eagles led 42-17 at the half, having shot 42.9 percent to Oglethorpe's 26.3 and having outscored the Petrels 20-6 in the paint, 17-1 off turnovers and 12-2 on the fast break. The Petrels turned the ball over 17 times in the period.
The Petrels played much better in the second half, though, as the visitors only outscored them by two points, 35-33, over the course of the period. Oglethorpe hit three straight baskets to begin the half, cutting the Emory lead to 42-22. From there, the two teams essentially traded baskets the rest of the way. Oglethorpe again went on a mini-run to cut the Emory lead to 19, 65-46, with 4:02 to go, but that was as close as the Petrels would get. Emory went on a 10-0 run over the next 3:30 to push the lead back out to their largest of the game, 75-46.
Senior guard Kyana Jenkins led the Petrels with 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting and 3-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line. Freshman guard Quinesha Farmer added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Sophomore guard Gabby Cole tallied 10 points, as well.
For the game, Oglethorpe shot 34.8 percent to Emory's 41.3. They were outrebounded, 50-36, and turned the ball over 28 times to Emory's 12.
The Petrels fall to 1-1 with the loss, and will next be in action Saturday when they take on Huntingdon at 2 p.m. in Dorough Field House.