Women's Basketball Defeats Rhodes 77-66

Women's Basketball Defeats Rhodes 77-66

The Oglethorpe women's basketball team continued their road trip on Sunday afternoon, traveling from Conway, Arkansas, to Memphis, Tennessee, to face the SAA rival Rhodes Lynx.  The Petrels refused to go home without a conference win and forced the Lynx to battle in each quarter. In the final quarter, the Petrels would pull away with their largest lead of the game, 14 points, and sealed their victory, 77-66.  The Petrels improved to 9-5 on the season and 2-1 in SAA play.

Early in the first period, the Petrels found themselves down 9-2 and in need of some good offensive play. After the Petrels missed their first three shots from beyond the arc, they immediately hit back-to-back three-pointers, reducing the Lynx's lead to 11-8. By the end of the first quarter, the Petrels were only down 19-18.  The Petrels ended the quarter connecting on 4 of 9 shots from 3-point land.

With just under six minutes remaining in the half, sophomore guard Sydney Long successfully converted an old-fashioned, 3-point play, making a jumper and the ensuing free throw, allowing the Petrels to tie the game up at 27.  The Petrels would enter halftime on top, leading 33-29.  Even with the Petrels gaining the lead, they struggled from the field in the second, connecting on 4-of-17 from the field and 1-of-8 from distance. Conversely, they were 6-for-6 from the free throw line in this quarter.

The Lynx did everything they could to remain within striking distance of the Petrels in the third quarter.  It wasn't until midway through the period when the Lynx would make their first three-pointer of the game. With 2:44 left in the third period, the Lynx were finally able to tie the contest up at 47-apiece after connecting on a free throw. However, the Petrels would be able to slightly pull away by the end of the quarter, leading 51-49. 

In only the first minute of the fourth quarter, the Petrels went on a 10-0 scoring rampage, pushing their lead out to 61-49. With 4:29 remaining in the game, the Petrels led by their largest margin of 14 points, 65-51. The Lynx would try and fight back, but the Petrels would hold on and win 77-66. The Petrels finished the game shooting 31.9 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Petrels would outrebound the Lynx 51-47 and record 11 blocks compared to the Lynx's four.

Multiple Petrels scored in double digits, including junior guard Jada Triplett, freshman forward Audrey Burdge and junior guard Bailey Charles, who all scored 11 points each. Freshman forward Savannah LeGate led her team with 13 points, as well as 15 rebounds, on her way to earning a double-double. Additionally, Audrey Burdge also earned a double-double, recording 11 rebounds. 

The Petrels will return home on Friday to face SAA opponent Sewanee at 6 p.m. in Dorough Field House. They will remain at Oglethorpe the following Sunday, challenging Centre at 1 p.m. in another SAA matchup.