The Oglethorpe women's basketball team outscored the visiting Covenant Scots 21-12 in the fourth quarter and 40-29 in the second half en route to a 73-60 victory Saturday afternoon at Dorough Field House. The win improved the Stormy Petrels to 2-2 on the young season.
The Petrels got a standout performance from freshman forward Lauren Ransom, who recorded her second consecutive double-double. She finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds and went 6-of-8 from the foul line. Senior guard Emily Buck also played very well, scoring 17 points of her own while also going 6-of-8 from the line. Freshman guard Bailey Charles had 11 points and six rebounds while also leading the team with four assists and three steals.
The game hung in the balance with 6:30 remaining in the third quarter. The Scots had just completed a 6-0 spurt to take a 41-38 lead after trailing almost the entire first half. However, the Petrels answered back with a 12-1 run over the next 3:35 to build their lead all the way back to eight points, 50-42, with 2:39 remaining in the period. Covenant immediately embarked on another six-point spurt to cut the Petrel lead to two with 44 seconds remaining in the period, though, keeping themselves in it headed to the fourth quarter.
The Petrels began the fourth with a big three-pointer from sophomore guard Rebecca Spry, giving them a 55-48 lead right off the bat. Covenant shrank the Oglethorpe advantage back down to just three with a four-point mini-run, making the score 57-54 with 7:38 remaining. Oglethorpe began to put the game away from there, though, racking up eight straight points of their own to build their lead to the largest it had been all afternoon to that point, 65-54 with just 3:56 left. From there, they were able to cruise to the victory, never leading by fewer than seven points the rest of the way.
The Petrels got off to a hot start, beginning the contest on a 14-5 run over the first 4:06. The Scots pushed the Oglethorpe advantage down to two with a 7-2 run of their own, trailing just 16-14 with 36 seconds left in the opening quarter. The Petrels pushed the Scots out to arm's length early in the second quarter, though, building to a 24-16 lead just over a minute in. They held a seven-point edge with 6:20 remaining in the first half, but Covenant then went on an 8-1 run to tie the game at 28 apiece with 3:37 left in the half. From there, they kept it close headed into halftime and took their first lead of the game with the first basket of the second half, building their advantage up to three points with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter.
The Petrels outshot the Scots 34-to-29 percent over the course of the game, including 28-to-20 percent from three-point range. The Petrels outrebounded the visitors 55-48 and grabbed 22 offensive boards. That led to outscoring Covenant 23-7 in second-chance points.
"Covenant is always so tough and scrappy," said Head Coach Alex Richey. "We executed well in the half-court on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter and it gave us some breathing room. It's always nice to get the win on home court, but we still have a long way to go. I'm very excited about the possibilities with this team."
The Petrels will next travel to Macon, Georgia, to take on Wesleyan Monday night at 7 p.m. After that, they'll return home to host the SAA-USA South Classic in Dorough Field House next Saturday and Sunday. They'll take on Piedmont at 4 p.m. Saturday, immediately following the game between Berry and LaGrange. They'll then battle LaGrange at 4 p.m. Sunday immediately after the Berry-Piedmont game.