The women's basketball team got back into the win column on Wednesday night by topping the Covenant College Scots, 60-39. The Petrels used a swarming defense that forced 26 turnovers and held the Scots to 26% shooting to guide their path to victory.
The lead changed hands five times in the first half, but when it last switched into Oglethorpe's favor late in the half, it would never return to Covenant. That's because the Petrels turned a 17-16 deficit with 3:44 to play into a 26-17 halftime lead on the heels of a 10-0 spurt. The run began with an assisted jumper from freshman Christian Langston and was followed by Kyana Jenkins grabbing an offensive rebound and finding Sarah Jones open for a three. Following a Scot turnover courtesy of Oglethorpe's pressure defense, Katie Weeks drilled a jumper to up the lead to six points. Mareva Bone then made a steal on the other end and found Jones for another deep three and suddenly the lead was nine at the break.
The momentum carried over into the second half as the Petrels tallied the first 8 points to extend the run that bridged the half to 18-0. Oglethorpe eventually opened up a 39-18 lead after two free throws from Riley Cerone to cap a 23-1 scoring outburst by the Petrels. The Scots briefly whittled the lead down to 13 points but back-to-back three-pointers from Jones quelled any notion of a comeback.
Jones led the Petrels with 14 points on the night on 5-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-9 from downtown. Bone also demonstrated her fine all-around game with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and three steals. Weeks and Cerone added 7 points apiece in the runaway win.
Oglethorpe is now 3-5 on the season and will have time off to focus on exams before squaring off with Sewanee in Tennessee on December 16 at 6:00 p.m.