The Oglethorpe women's basketball team continued its tough luck of late, losing to home-standing Millsaps on the road in Jackson, Miss., Friday night, 62-49.
Millsaps entered the contest tied for second place in the conference, while the Lady Petrels entered tied for fifth, and the Majors got off to a fast start at home in this one. Building an 11-point lead over the first 11 minutes of the game.
After falling behind 19-8, Oglethorpe scored three straight baskets to cut the lead to six, but Millsaps followed with three straight buckets of their own to pull the lead back out to 12. The Lady Petrels did go on a 9-0 run toward the end of the half, though, including three straight baskets scored by senior center Sarah Giles, to get back to within six points, 25-19, with a minute left in the half. Unfortunatley, Millsaps ended with a flourish of their own and took a 29-19 lead into the break.
In the second half, Millsaps kept the Lady Petrels at arm's length, never leading by less than seven or by more than 15. Oglethorpe was unable to put the run together to give themselves a chance to win the game. They did go on an 8-0 run to cut the lead from 15 to seven midway through the half, but could get no closer.
The Lady Petrels were outrebounded 47-34 and outshot 36-to-31 percent over the course of the game. Freshamn guard Gabby cole scored 18 points, providing a bright spot for the Lady Petrels. Freshman guard Kalin Williams added 10 points and tallied five steals, as well.
The loss drops Oglethorpe to 4-14 on the season, 2-5 in SAA play. They entered the night in a fifth-place tie with Birmingham-southern, but the Lady Panthers defeated Berry this evening, so this loss drops the Lady Petrels into sixth place in the SAA. However, they will have the opportunity to get that game back on Sunday, when they will travel to Birmingham, Ala., to take on that Birmingham-Southern squad. The game will tip off at 2 p.m. Eastern time.