Desperate for their first SCAC win of the year, the Lady Petrels got just that on Friday night when they topped the University of Dallas 65-64. With the Crusaders holding the ball in a tie game with 8 seconds left, Morghan Brandon forced a steal that led to Katie Weeks being fouled with just 1.3 ticks left. Weeks converted the first free throw to seal the win.
The two sides went back-and-forth for much of the first half until Oglethorpe held a 19-18 lead with under 5 minutes remaining in the period. That's when the Petrels started what would become a 16-6 spurt to close the half and race into the locker room with a 35-24 advantage. The run was spearheaded by great defense that forced four Crusader turnovers in their backcourt which Oglethorpe converted into points. The half-closing spurt was capped by Sarah Jones drilling one of her signature three's just before the horn sounded.
Dallas quickly responded in the early stages of the second stanza and, after only 6:30 minutes had come off the clock, had pulled within 43-41. The Petrels continued to up the margin back up to 6 points on four separate occasions, but Dallas used a 9-2 burst to claim their first lead since the first half at 59-58 with 5 minutes to play.
The Petrels bounced back to nudge in front and, after Sarah Giles scored a layup with 2:16 left, had forged a 64-61 advantage. The Crusaders responded with a game-tying three-pointer though before a series of turnovers set Dallas up with the ball and 11 seconds to play. That's when Brandon poked it away from Kylie Yoshimura leading to a sprint up court that ended with Weeks being fouled as she attempted a game-clinching lay-up. No matter, however, as Weeks calmly buried the free throw with just 1.3 second left to seal Oglethorpe's first win in their last 10 tries.
Giles led all Petrels with 17 points to go along with 5 rebounds and four blocks. Weeks netted 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists while Jones tallied 11 points and 6 boards. Sophomore Ky'Laine Rogers did an excellent job in the post by grabbing a team-high 9 rebounds and swatting four shots.
The Petrels are now 4-13 on the season and will face Austin this Sunday at 12:00 p.m. on Pinholster Court.