The Oglethorpe women's basketball team suffered a 69-51 defeat to Dallas in its return to action Friday night in Irving, Texas, marking an end to the squad's two-game winning streak and a negative start to their two-game trip through North Texas.
Though the start of the game was back and forth, the Stormy Petrels led by as many as four in the early-going, taking a 16-12 lead on a basket by sophomore guard Kendelle Culpepper with 11:53 remaining in the half. From that point, though, the home-standing Crusaders went on a 12-5 run over the next 7:22 to take a 24-21 lead with 4:31 remaining in the period. The Petrels drew it to within a point a couple of times, but went into the locker room at halftime down, 28-25.
Dallas put their foot on the gas to start the second half, though. They began the period on an 11-3 run, taking a 39-28 lead with 14:32 remaining in the game. The Petrels quickly cut that lead to six with back-to-back baskets and only trailed by seven, 45-38, with 9:52 left. However, the Crusaders pulled away from there. They put the game away with a 12-2 run over the next 1:36 and outscored the Petrels 24-13 for the remainder of the game, pulling away to the 18-point victory. Dallas outscored the Petrels 41-26 in the second half.
The Petrels did not shoot the ball particularly well, shooting just 43.8 percent from the free-throw line, 35.2 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from the three-point arc. Comparatively, Dallas shot 66.7, 39.0 and 31.2 percent, respectively. The Crusaders outrebounded Oglethorpe, 41-37, had 18 assists to Oglethorpe's 14, and had 16 turnovers to Oglethorpe's 25. Additionally, Dallas outscored the Petrels 17-10 off turnovers and 11-6 in second-chance points. Oglethorpe did outscore Dallas 18-14 off the bench.
Freshman guard Ciara Hughes's double-double streak ended at three, but she still performed very well for the visitors, drawing the starting assignment and scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting. She also grabbed seven rebounds. Senior guard Kyana Jenkins had another stat-sheet stuffing performance, scoring nine points, grabbing five rebounds, passing out four assists and swiping three steals.
The loss drops the Petrels to 3-6 on the season. They'll conclude their two-game swing through North Texas Saturday afternoon, when they take on Austin in Sherman, Texas, at 2 p.m. Eastern.