The Oglethorpe women's basketball team fought hard and kept it close throughout the game against second-place Millsaps Sunday. But in the end, the visiting Lady Majors prevailed, 45-36.
In the first half, neither team led by more than five points, as the two teams swapped the lead back and forth. Millsaps took a 9-4 lead with 11:09 remaining in the first half, but the Lady Petrels stormed back with six straight points to take a 10-9 lead.
Millsaps again pushed the lead out a little bit with an 8-2 mini-run, giving themselves a five-point lead again, 17-12, with 6:11 left. But Oglethorpe again came back to take the lead with 26 seconds left in the half, 21-20. At the half, the Lady Majors led 22-21.
In the second half, Oglethorpe briefly retook the lead with the first basket of the period, but that would be their only lead the rest of the way. From there, Millsaps embarked on a 13-2 run and took a 10-point lead, 35-25, with 7:35 remaining in the game.
Nevertheless, the Lady Petrels put a run together to give themselves a chance to win the game. They outscored Millsaps 9-0 over the next 2:43 and cut their deficit to just a single point, 35-34.
From there, though, Millsaps slowly pushed the lead back out and put the game away. The Lady Majors outscored Oglethorpe 10-2 over the final 4:52 and won, 45-36.
The Lady Petrels shot just 23 percent from the field for the game, including 11 percent (1-for-9) from three-point range. By contrast, Millsaps shot 34 percent. The Lady Majors kept Oglethorpe in the game with 21 turnovers, while the Lady Petrels committed just 12. Oglethorpe outscored Millsaps in second-chance points, 12-2, but Millsaps returned the favor in bench points, 24-13.
Junior guard Kyana Jenkins had her best game of the season Sunday afternoon, contributing 11 points and four steals. Senior center Sarah Giles had an excellent game on the boards in her final appearance at Dorough Field House, pulling down 14 rebounds. She also scored eight points and blocked three shots.
The Lady Petrels finish the regular season 5-20, 3-11 in SAA play. They will participate in next weekend's SAA Tournament in Jackson, Miss., as the No. 7 seed, playing against the No. 2 seed Rhodes in the quarterfinal round at 7 p.m. Eastern.