The Oglethorpe women's basketball team broke through with a win Saturday night in Dorough Field House, knocking off Sewanee, 56-41, completing a season sweep of the Lady Tigers. The win impoves the Lady Petrels to 5-16 on the season, 3-7 in SAA play.
After the Lady Petrels held a 32-23 halftime lead, they put the game away in the second half, outscoring Sewanee 32-23 over the period. Sewanee cut the Lady Petrel lead to just two with an 8-2 run, making the score 32-30 with 13:08 to go.
From that point, though, the Lady Petrels embarked on a 22-4 run over the next nine minutes, completely putting the game away. Freshman guard Emily Buck was instrumental in the run, and in the second half altogether, scoring seven points on 3-of-7 shooting during the period. Junior guard Kyana Jenkins also had six points in the half.
The Lady Petrels led by as many as eight points in the first half. Sewanee jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead to start the game, but Oglethorpe went on a 19-6 run after that, establishing their eight-point lead.
The Lady Tigers got as close as three points for the rest of the half, but Oglethorpe stretched the lead back out to six points at the break.
The Lady Petrels outrebounded Sewanee 47-26 over the course of the game. Oglethorpe outscored Sewanee in the paint 24-4, off turovers 23-4, in second-chance points 14-0, in fast-break points 6-4, and off the bench 17-11. The Lady Petrels outshot the Lady Tigers 32-to-31 percent.
Freshman forward Ali Bleckley led Oglethorpe with 11 points. She also grabbed five rebounds. Senior center Sarah Giles scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds, while adding two blocks and two steals. Buck finished with seven points and three steals.
The Lady Petrels will next be in action Friday night, when they travel to Conway, Ark., to take on Hendrix. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. Eastern time.