The women's basketball team topped Agnes Scott College on Pinholster Court on Thursday night, 61-41. After claiming the season opener in thrilling one point fashion on Tuesday, the Petrels had an easier go of it on Thursday, never trailing the Scotties en route to the runaway win.
Oglethorpe inched out to an early lead but the Scotties hung around, only trailing the Petrels by a scant point at 16-15 with 7:18 to play in the first half. From there, however, Oglethorpe went on a torrid stretch to open up some breathing room and effectively put the game away. The 20-5 run to close the half began with Oglethorpe scoring on 5 straight possessions, with four of the baskets coming courtesy of a Petrel assist.
Katie Weeks drilled a jumper to begin the decisive stretch and Ky'Laine Rogers followed with an easy bucket. Riley Cerone then converted a lay-up and drilled a three-pointer on consecutive trips before Aisha Atwater closed the unanswered run with a layup of her own. At that point the score was suddenly 27-15 and the rout was officially on. Oglethorpe would head into the locker room leading 36-20.
The 20-5 run to finish out the first stanza actually ballooned to a 27-5 burst after Oglethorpe tallied the first seven points of the second half. With a 25 point lead and the home crowd enjoying every minute of it, head coach Aaron Nester was able to substitute freely down the stretch as no Petrel logged more than 24 minutes of game action.
Junior Mareva Bone paced the offensive attack for the Petrels with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Senior Katie Weeks poured in 12 and grabbed 4 boards while freshman Aisha Atwater showed poise in scoring 9 points, hauling in 3 rebounds and dishing 2 assists.
Now 2-0 on the young season, the Petrels will get their first road test when they face Maryville College in Tennessee this Saturday at 3:00 p.m.