Lady Petrels Drop Game to Crosstown-Rival Emory

The Oglethorpe women's basketball team lost at crosstown rival Emory Wednesday night, 69-41. The Eagles came into the game ranked No. 14 in the nation and now sport an 8-0 record.

The Lady Petrels hung tough in the first half, staying within 10 for the majority of the half and holding the Eagles to 3-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior center Sarah Giles scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the charity stripe. The Lady Petrels trailed 36-25 at the half.

However, Emory pulled away in the second half, going on an 18-9 run to start the period. The Eagles held their largest lead of the game, 20 points, with 9:20 remaining in the game, and cruised from there.

Emory only outshot the Lady Petrels 38 percent to 37, with the Eagles shooting 21 percent from long distance to Oglethorpe's 47 percent. But the Lady Petrels turned the ball over 25 times to Emory's 12 and were outrebounded by the Eagles, 43-27, including 21-3 on the offensive glass.

Giles finished with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and six rebounds. She was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Freshman guard Gabby Cole contributed 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and two three-pointers. Freshman forward Ali Bleckley led the team in rebounds with seven, and added six points.

The Lady Petrels are now 2-5 on the season, and will next be in action Saturday, when they travel to Montgomery, Ala., to take on Huntingdon at 3 p.m.

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