The Oglethorpe women's basketball team fought hard against Centre, the second-place team in the SAA, Friday evening in Danville, Ky., but fell in the end, 50-46.
The game came down to the final seconds, as sophomore forward Ali Bleckley had a chance for a game-tying 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining. She could not get the shot to fall, however, and the home-standing Colonels came away with the victory.
The loss came despite a double-double performance by freshman guard Ciara Hughes, who contributed 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Emily Buck added 10 points of her own, as well.
The Stormy Petrels actually outshot the Colonels 35-to-27 percent, including 24-to-14 percent from 3-point range. The Petrels also outrebounded their opponents 40-35. However, they committed 27 turnovers to Centre's 15 while making 18 free throws to Oglethorpe's 10.
The Petrels fell behind early in the first half as Centre had an 11-3 lead at the 16:16 mark. The Petrels fought back, however, going on a 10-1 run over the next 9:30 and briefly took a 13-12 advantage. Centre took the lead back, but the game was close at halftime, 25-22.
The Colonels jumped out to a bit of a lead early in the second half. They went on an 8-0 run to start the period and led 33-22 with 17:35 remaining in the game and kept the viistors at arm's length for most of the half. However, with four minutes remaining in the game, the Petrels started their comeback, outscoring the Colonels 8-0 over the next 2:10 to draw back to within three. Centre extended the lead back out to five with a couple free throws, but Oglehtorpe cut the lead back to three late, leading to the end sequence.
The loss drops the Stormy Petrels to 4-16, 2-7 in SAA play. They fall into seventh place in the conference and next travel to last-place Sewanee Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Tigers defeated the Petrels at Dorough Field House a couple weeks ago.