The Oglethorpe women's basketball team picked up their first SAA win Friday evening, defeating Hendrix 62-59 in a close, hard-fought game.
Neither team shot the ball at all well in the first half, which ended with the Lady Petrels holding a five-point advantage, 22-17. Oglethorpe outscored the Lady Warriors 18-9 over the first 14 minutes of play, but Hendrix came back with an 8-0 run that lasted for most of the remainder of the first half and cut the lead to a single point, 18-17.
The Lady Petrels shot just 24 percent from the floor in the first half and Hendrix was even worse, shooting 20 percent. Hendrix was also just 1-for-11 from long distance in the period.
In the second half, both teams picked it up considerably, and they fought back and forth for control of the game. Oglethorpe went on a quick mini-run, capped by a Sarah Giles layup, to take a seven-point lead with 16:16 remaining in the game. They still held a seven-point advantage, 30-23, with 15:30 remaining when Hendrix started to make their big run.
The Lady Warriors tied the game at 34-apiece with 12:57 remaining and, after a period where the two teams traded baskets, Hendrix hit back-to-back threes and suddenly had a five-point lead, 48-43. Two straight baskets by Giles cut the lead back to one, however, and the Lady Petrels would take the lead again, 53-52, on a Giles layup with 5:30 remaining.
They took the lead for good three minutes later when freshman guard Gabby Cole buried a three-pointer to give them a 56-54 advantage. They extended the lead to six points with 1:25 remaining by hitting free throws. Hendrix was able to get possession of the ball down by just three with four seconds remaining, but couldn't get a clean shot.
The Lady Petrels shot 56 percent during the second half to Hendrix's 48 percent, a significant improvement over the first half for both teams. Oglethorpe outscored the Lady Warriors 26-18 in the paint.
Giles tallied another double-double, scoring 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and grabbing 12 rebounds. Eighteen of her 20 points, including 7-for-10 shooting, came in the second half. Cole scored 14 points and freshman guard Kalin Williams posted 15.
The Lady Petrels improve to 3-10 on the season, 1-1 in SAA play. They next take the court Sunday afternoon when they welcome Rhodes to Dorough Field House. The game will tip off at 1 p.m.