February 8, 2013

Women's Basketball Falls on the Road at Hendrix

The Oglethorpe women's basketball team got a career night from freshman guard Gabby Cole, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Petrels fell on the road to Hendrix Friday night, 78-73, in Conway, Ark.

Cole finished with 28 points on 11-for-17 shooting and 6-of-8 shooting from the 3-point arc, but Hendrix offset that with a 29-point night from one of their own players.

In the first half, Cole went 7-of-9 from the field and 4-of-4 from 3-point range for 18 points. The Lady Petrels built an eight-point lead, 15-7, with 14 minutes remaining in the half, and led 18-10 with 12:36 left in the half.

An 11-2 run gave Hendrix a brief one-point lead, but Oglethorpe went on a 12-1 run of their own and took a 10-point lead, their largest of the game, with 4:50 remaining in the half. However, a 15-5 run drew the home-standing Warriors level at halftime, 37-37.

In the second half, Hendrix asserted control of the game, as they led for the vast majority of the period. Several times, the Lady Petrels went on a mini-run to draw within a single possession, but every time that occurred, Hendrix would net a couple of baskets and pull back to an arm's-length distance.

Then, with 3:37 left in the game, Hendrix hit three straight baskets, two of them threes, to take a 10-point lead. It was their largest of the game.

Thought things did not look good for the Lady Petrels, they mounted a 10-2 run over the next two minutes. They were within two points, 75-73, and had the ball twice with chances to tie or take the lead within the final minute, but couldn't hit the shot to do it.

Hendrix hit two free throws to take a four-point lead with 19 seconds left, and that pretty much ended the game.

The Lady Petrels shot the ball pretty well, converting at a 48 percent rate from the field, including 50 percent from behind the arc. They actually outshot Hendrix from the field, as the Warriors compiled a 46 percent mark.  Hendrix shot better from three, though, converting on 58 percent of those attempts. They also outrebounded the Lady Petrels 41-27.

Oglethorpe had two other players in double figures, in addition to Cole. Senior center Sarah Giles scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting and freshman guard Kalin Williams scored 14 points, passed out four assists and swiped seven steals on the night.

The loss drops the Lady Petrels to 5-17 on the season, 3-8 in SAA play. They maintain sixth place in the conference, and will next be in action Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Rhodes to take on the Lynx. The game will get started at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

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