On a night when the Oglethorpe women's basketball team celebrated the careers of forward Mareva Bone and center Sarah Giles, they hung with Birmingham-Southern for a half but, in the end, fell by the score of 81-64.
The game started on a high note, with Bone, who is still recovering from an injury, scoring a basket off the tip in her only action of the game.
From there, the Lady Petrels enjoyed a lead for most of the first 10 minutes of the game, as they were still ahead 12-11 at the 12:30 mark of the first half. However, the Lady Panthers went on a 12-2 run to turn the game to their favor, 21-14.
Oglethorpe hung within 10 for the rest of the first half and trailed by seven, 40-33, at haltime.
In the second half, though, Birmingham-Southern stormed out to a huge lead. They came out of the half with a 17-4 run, which included a 10-0 spurt at one point, and took a 61-41 lead with 13:14 remaining. From there, the Lady Panthers pretty much cruised home for an easy win. They led by as many as 23 points with 2:20 remaining, and won by 17.
The Lady Petrels were outshot by a significant margin in this one, as Birmingham-Southern shot 53 percent while Oglethorpe shot just 36 percent. This included the Lady Panthers shooting 50 percent from behind the arc while the Lady Petrels shot just 19 percent. BSC outrebounded Oglethorpe 43-31 and outscored them 16-6 in second-chance points.
Freshman guard Kalin Williams was a bright spot for the Lady Petrels, though, as she had a truly blazing hot night from the field. She scored 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting. She also shot 3-of-5 from three-point range. It was the best night of her young career. Giles also added three blocks on Senior Night, maintaining her league-leading status.
The Lady Petrels fall to 5-19 on the season with the loss, 3-10 in SAA play. They are currently tied for sixth place in the league with one game remaining. Oglethorpe is guaranteed to finish either sixth or seventh. Hendrix, the other 3-10 team, will take on last-place Sewanee on Sunday while Oglethorpe takes on second-place Millsaps in Dorough Field House in their regular-season finale. The game gets started at 1 p.m.