The Oglethorpe women's basketball team fell at Rhodes Sunday afternoon in Memphis, Tenn., 63-48. The loss drops them to 5-18 overall, 3-9 in SAA play.
In the first half, the Lady Petrels got out to a four-point lead with 12:35 remaining, 11-7. But from that point, the home-standing Lynx embarked on a 15-5 run over the next 6:30, turning the game around and taking a six-point lead, 22-16. Oglethorpe got their halftime deficit down to three points, 24-21.
The Lynx began the second half on a back-breaking 22-8 run over the first nine minutes of the period. When the run was over, Rhodes led the Lady Petrels 46-29 and Oglethorpe was in big trouble.
The Lady Petrels went on a few small runs during the remainder of the game, but never got closer than 12 points. After Oglethorpe cut the lead to 15 with 4:32 left, Rhodes scored back-to-back baskets to take a 61-41 lead with 1:49 remaining and put the game out of reach.
Though neither team shot the ball especially well, the Lady Petrels actually outshot Rhodes 29-to-27 percent. However, Rhodes made 30 free throws over the game and shot 79 percent, while Oglethorpe made just 12 and shot 71 percent. In addition, Oglethorpe turned the ball over a whopping 27 times while Rhodes committed 18 turnovers.
Oglethorpe returns to the floor Friday night when they take on Birmingham-Southern at 6 p.m. It will be Senior Night, and the athletic department will honor seniors Sarah Giles and Mareva Bone before the game.