The Oglethorpe women's basketball team hung with 10-1 Rhodes for much of the game Sunday afternoon, but the visiting Lynx were just too much in the end, and the Lady Petrels fell 65-49.
Rhodes got out to a large lead in the first half, going on a 22-7 run over the final 10 minutes of the half to take an 18-point lead, 34-16. The Lynx led 36-23 at the halftime break.
In the second half, the Lady Petrels went on a huge run over the first nine minutes of the half to get right back into the contest. Dating back to Rhodes' 18-point lead with a minute to go in the first half, Oglethorpe outscored them 19-2 during the run, and with 11:11 remaining in the game, an Emily Buck jumper brought the Lady Petrels to within a single point, 38-37.
However, from that point, Rhodes embarked on a game-clinching run of their own, outscoring the Lady Petrels 27-3 over the next eight minutes. They took their largest lead of the game, 65-41, with 2:41 remaining.
Neither team shot particularly well in the game, with the Lady Petrels shooting at a 33 percent rate from the field and Rhodes shooting at a 34 percent rate. Oglethorpe turned the ball over 23 times, as well, with Rhodes outscoring them 26-3 off turnovers. The big difference in the game, however, was Rhodes guard Lauren Avant, who scored 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting.
Oglethorpe had two players in double figures. Freshman guard Kalin Williams scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds, while Kendelle Culpepper also scored 11 on a perfect shooting day. She went 3-for-3 from the field, all from three-point range, and went 2-for-2 from the line, as well. Freshman forward Ali Bleckley scored seven points and snagged a team-high 11 rebounds.
The loss drops the Lady Petrels to 3-11 and 1-2 in SAA play. They will next be in action on Saturday evening, when they will travel to Mount Berry, Ga., to take on Berry at 6 p.m. Oglethorpe will be attempting to avenge the blowout they received in Atlanta at Berry's hands in late November.