The Oglethorpe women's basketball team finished their stay in St. Louis with an outstanding performance Saturday evening in the McWilliams Classic consolation game, defeating Pomona-Pitzer 81-46 to improve to 5-2 on the season. The Stormy Petrels came out on fire after a tough game against No. 13 Washington on Friday, outscoring the Sagehens 27-9 in the first quarter and 50-16 over the opening half of play. They led by as many as 42 points en route to the victory.
Junior guard Jada Triplett earned McWilliams All-Tournament honors for her effort over the course of Saturday's game and the Petrels' 90-79 loss to Washington on Friday. Against Pomona-Pitzer, she scored 12 points on 4-of-6 from the field overall and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. She also grabbed five rebounds and passed out a pair of assists.
The Petrels also got a pair of outstanding performances off the bench. Sophomore guard Taylor Dodson scored 11 points on 3-of-5 from 3-point range, while junior guard Brooke Simpson also poured in 11 points on 4-of-7 from the field overall and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Oglethorpe shot 41 percent from the field and held Pomona-Pitzer to 28 percent. Meanwhile, the Petrels shot 44 percent from 3-point range and held the Sagehens to just 18 percent. Oglethorpe outrebounded their opponent 58-37, including 26-16 on the offensive glass. That led to a 30-7 Oglethorpe advantage in second chance points. Oglethorpe also recorded 24 assists to just five for the Sagehens, and outscored their opponent 53-0 off the bench.
The Petrels blew out into the lead early in the contest. Pomona-Pitzer did not score back-to-back baskets until the 7:55 mark of the third quarter, at which point the Petrels already held a 54-16 advantage. The Petrels continued to press their advantage, using a 9-3 run to push out to their largest lead of the game to that point, 68-27, with 2:02 left in the third quarter. After the Sagehens strung a few baskets together to make it 68-33, the Petrels finished on another big run, outscoring Pomona-Pitzer 11-4 over a 5:08 stretch to attain their largest lead of the contest, 79-37, with 2:02 left in the game.
"After coming off both a physically and mentally draining game last night, I was really impressed with our resolve to come out and play to our strengths," said Oglethorpe head coach Alex Richey. "I thought we established our tempo very well early in this game. We got lots of great contributions from the entire team all weekend, and I really felt like we got better as a team over the course of these two games. I hope we can keep progressing, with one more game before we break for finals."
The Petrels will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, for that game. They'll take on Guilford Thursday at 5 p.m. After returning from final exams, they'll host the annual Holiday Inn Express and Suites Classic at Dorough Field House on Dec. 18 and 19. They'll face off against Centenary (Louisiana) Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. before returning the next day to take on Emory and Henry at 4 p.m.