Women's Basketball Ends Season with 87-62 Loss to Millsaps in SAA Quarterfinals

Women's Basketball Ends Season with 87-62 Loss to Millsaps in SAA Quarterfinals

The Oglethorpe women's basketball team saw its season come to a close Friday afternoon as the No. 7 seed Stormy Petrels lost to No. 2 seed Millsaps 87-62 at the SAA quarterfinals in Memphis, Tenn.

The Stormy Petrels got anotherd double-double from freshman guard Ciara Hughes, who scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on the afternoon while shooting 4-of-6 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Freshman forward McKenzie Fortson added 14 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting while sophomore guard Emily Buck contributed eight points on 4-of-4 free-throw shooting and four assists.

However, the Petrels shot just 34 percent from the field for the game and 29 percent from three-point range. All this while the Majors shot 55 percent from the field as a whole and 44 percent from the three-point line. Additionally, Millsaps outrebounded the Petrels 44-34.

The Petrels hung tough in the early going, trading baskets with Millsaps over the game's first five minutes. Oglethorpe followed that period with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to build a seven-point lead, 15-8, with 13:02 left in the half. It would be their largest lead of the game.

From that point, Millsaps began to slowly take over the game, coming back to tie and eventually building a lead. They erased the deficit over the next five minutes with a 13-6 run, tying the game at 21-all with 8:11 remaining in the period. The Majors' slow, lead-building run extended for the rest of the half, though. With 24 seconds left in the half, Millsaps had built a 46-34 lead with a 38-19 run, going back to the point when Oglethorpe had a seven-point lead. They did pick up a three-pointer to end the period, but they still trailed 46-37 at the break.

Millsaps gained control of the game early in the second half. They went on a 34-9 run out of the gate, essentially burying the Petrels before they ever had a chance to make a comeback. The Majors led 80-49 with 4:46 remaining in the game. From there, Millsaps cruised home with the victory that advanced them to the semifinals.

The Majors outscored the Petrels 14-3 off turnovers, 12-6 in second-chance points, 44-18 in the paint and 18-2 on the fast break.

With the loss, the Stormy Petrels' season comes to a close with a 5-21 record. The young team looks to build on this season as they go into the next one after only losing one senior from this year's squad, point guard Kyana Jenkins. She scored five points, grabbed three rebounds, recorded two steals and passed out an assist in her final collegiate game.

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