Women's Basketball Recap (Week 12) - Around the SCAC

Women's Basketball Recap (Week 12) - Around the SCAC

SUWANEE, Ga. - Seven of the eight spots at the SCAC Tournament have been claimed with one final spot in the Western Division still up for grabs as Hendrix controls its own destiny but Austin College and Dallas both have opportunities to play their way in. While the rest of the spots have been accounted for seeding is still very much up in the air heading into the final weekend of regular season play.

- AROUND THE SCAC -

Austin College completed its season sweep of the University of Dallas and earned its second straight win overall in the team’s lone game of the week, topping the Crusaders 70-58 on Saturday. Angeleena Young knocked down seven three pointers on her way to a game-high 23 points and Kersti Marusich recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Christina Kime scored 13 points and added seven assists for the ‘Roos, who hit 14-of-30 three pointers in the game.

Birmingham-Southern
won two big games at home this week, upsetting No. 23 Centre College on Friday and defeating Sewanee on Sunday to secure a spot in the upcoming SCAC Championship, which BSC is hosting. Senior Kristian Moody led the way against Centre with 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting, all from three-point range. Against Sewanee, junior Erin Moore led with 12 points. The Panthers are at home again this weekend to wrap up the regular season, facing Oglethorpe on Saturday before playing in their first-ever Division III post-season after four years of reclassification from Division I to Division III.

Centre
saw their 16-game winning streak end on Friday at Birmingham Southern. The Panthers, who shot lights out from behind the arc the entire game, built a double digit lead early in the second half and answered every Centre challenge with a three-pointer. Meanwhile the Colonels struggled to put the ball in the basket, shooting 36.8% for the game and falling to BSC 72-60. Maggie Prewitt led Centre with 19 points and Paige Baechle scored 10. Against Oglethorpe on Sunday, the Colonels found themselves in danger of losing again as they trailed by seven with two minutes remaining. But after a three-pointer by Alyson Burke, a three-point play by Lauren Huter and free throws by Chelsea Benham, the Colonels tied the game at 62 and sent it to overtime. Centre and Oglethorpe traded baskets for most of the overtime period. A jumper by Benham tied the game at 71, then Prewitt stole the ball, raced down the court and scored a three-point play with 13 seconds to go to secure the 74-71 win. Prewitt led all scorers with 25 points, while Benham and Huter each scored in double figures. Centre shot 12-24 from long distance for the game and forced the Petrels into 23 turnovers. The Colonels will close out the regular season with home games against Millsaps and Rhodes, with division and conference championships potentially on the line.

Colorado College split games last weekend to remain in second place in the SCAC West Division. The Tigers fell to Southwestern University, 80-79, on a last second shot on Friday, but rebounded on Sunday to beat Trinity University, 82-78. In Friday’s game, CC hit more shots from the floor, but the Pirates hit six more three-pointers and made nine more free throws to earn the victory. Senior Becky Luetjen led the team with 19 points and 12 rebounds to earn her 11th double-double of the season against Southwestern. Junior Sarah Gunkel also scored a team-high 19 points for a career high. Freshman Courtney Tyus earned her first double-double of her career with 10 points and a career-high 10 assists during Friday’s game. In the final game of the week, CC was strong defensively grabbing 53 rebounds and hit 13 more shots from the free-throw line to help earn the win. Senior Jordy Stephenson led the team against Trinity with 22 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to earn her first double-double of her career. Luetjen also earned her 12th double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. The senior duo also tied their career highs dishing out six assists each to run the offense on Sunday. Luetjen led the Tigers over the weekend averaging 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds a game. Stephenson aided the offense averaging 15.5 points, while Gunkel and Tyus averaged 14.5 and 11.0 points, respectively over two games. Colorado College returns at home as it hosts senior day on Saturday against Hendrix College to wrap up the regular season at 1 p.m. in Reid Gymnasium.

Dallas
(8-15, 3-11 SCAC) went 1-1 on the week, defeating Dallas Christian College (DCC) at home, before falling to Austin College on the road. The Lady Crusaders hosted DCC on Wednesday evening at the Maher Athletic Center. Freshman guard Jordon Baker stole the show for Dallas, netting a career-high nine 3-pointers and 34 points in 29 minutes of play. The bench statistic played a significant role, as DCC only had one substitute. Dallas won the bench-point battle (40-0), points-off-turnovers (22-9) and second-chance points (10-7), but DCC held the points-in-the-paint advantage (20-14). Dallas then turned their attention to Austin College, as the team headed to Sherman, Texas, for a Saturday afternoon tip-off. The Lady Kangaroos captured a 70-58 victory in this one, holding Dallas to just 26.7 percent (8-of-30) shooting from the field in the first half. Junior guard Kylie Yoshimura totalled a team-high 19 points for the Lady Crusaders.

Hendrix
fell to Trinity and Southwestern in SCAC road games over the weekend. On Friday, the Warriors committed 29 turnovers leading to 33 Trinity points as the Tigers won 85-58. Senior guard Avery Roller led Hendrix with 16 points, going 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Senior guard had 13 points and freshman forward Maggie Biggs-Scribner added 10. Sophomore Jamie Tate pulled down 12 rebounds for her 17th consecutive game with double-digit boards. In the Warriors' 88-71 loss at Southwestern on Saturday, Tate grabbed 10 more boards giving her 327 on the year, breaking the SCAC single-season record of 320 set by Katy Williams of Austin College in 2009-10. Biggs-Scribner scored a season-high 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting and had six rebounds. Tate also scored 14 points for her 14th double-double of the season. Roane scored 19 points, hitting five three-pointers and senior guard Katy Ashley-Pauley dished out eight assists. Hendrix will step out of conference play when they host Rust on Wednesday. The Warriors will end the regular season at Colorado College on Saturday.

With both the Millsaps Majors and the Rhodes Lynx coming in with identical 10-3 records in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, something had to give for second place in the Eastern Division. Millsaps used outstanding defense and a 9-2 run towards the end of the game to defeat the Lynx 55-47 and take control of second place on Senior Night. Freshman Velvet Johnson led the way scoring with a game-high 20 points while junior Lovie Love added 10. Senior Janice Okeke was terrific on her senior night as she went for 11 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks in what truly was a fitting way to go out at home. Lauren Avant led the way with 12 points while Sharwil Bell added 10. The Majors improve to 19-4 overall and 11-3 in the SCAC. They have not yet clinched the No. 2 seed in the SCAC and still have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the East after Centre was upset by Birmingham-Southern on Friday night. Millsaps will get another shot at those Colonels as they head up to Danville, Kentucky on Friday to take on Centre in a 1 vs. 2 battle. A win will guarantee the Majors, at the very least, a No. 2 seed. The Colonels escaped Jackson with a 66-61 victory way back on December 2nd. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. in the Eastern Time Zone.

Oglethorpe
split their final two home games of the year, topping Sewanee on Friday (67-64) before falling to Centre (L, 74-71) in overtime on Sunday. Down 3 at halftime to Sewanee, the Lady Petrels used a 9-0 run early in the second half to forge a lead they would not relinquish. Sewanee got out to an early lead and built their largest advantage of the game at 12-6 with 12:30 to play in the first half before Oglethorpe mounted a rally. The Petrels used a 10-0 spurt in which 5 different players contributed points to forge ahead. The Tigers responded a 14-7 burst of their own to close out the half and head to the locker room with a 28-25 lead. The Tigers still led by 4 points with 16:57 to play when the Lady Petrels made their decisive move with a 9-0 push to open up a 5 point advantage. The spurt began with an Aisha Atwater layup and was followed by buckets from Ky'Laine Rogers and Katie Weeks before Sarah Jones capped it with a three-ball. Against Centre, the Petrels held a 7 point lead, their largest of the game, with two minutes to play in regulation but the Colonels rallied to tie it and went on to victory in the extra session. Oglethorpe showed excellent poise in the first half as they showed the Colonels they meant business on this Sunday afternoon. They kept the Colonels within reach the entire half by clamping down defensively and forcing a bevy of turnovers. Despite the fact that Centre drilled 6-of-12 shots from beyond the arc in the opening stanza, Oglethorpe trailed just 30-26 at the break. The Petrels trailed by two points with less than 6 minutes to play before Sarah Jones tried to put the team on her back and guide them to victory. Jones scored a bucket to tie the score at 51 and then followed that with a three-ball to push Oglethorpe in front by three. After getting a defensive stop, Jones capped her 7 straight point outburst with a driving layup to push the Petrels ahead by five. Oglethorpe pressed the margin all the way to 7 with 2:03 to play when Giles took a feed from Mareva Bone and scored. The Colonels rallied with a three pointer, a layup and a free throw to trim the lead down to one before Bone was fouled with 44 ticks left and the Petrels clinging to a 61-60 advantage. Bone converted the first free throw but missed the second and Centre's Chelsea Benham converted two tries from the stripe on the other end to tie the score at 62. Oglethorpe held for the last shot but Jones' three went begging to set up overtime. The Petrels are now 8-16 on the season and will close out the 2011-12 campaign this Saturday night when they face Birmingham-Southern in Alabama.

A stingy Millsaps defense held Rhodes to 21 second half points, as the Lynx dropped a 55-47 SCAC road decision to Millsaps in Jackson, MS on February 11th. Leading 26-22 at the half, Rhodes was held to 27% shooting from the field in the second half and had their eight game winning streak halted. Sophomore guard Lauren Avant (Memphis, TN) led the Lynx with 12 points and senior forward Sharwil Bell(Memphis, TN) added 10 points and 6 rebounds. Millsaps outrebounded the Lynx 50-41 and Rhodes lost the turnover battle, committing 15 turnovers to only 9 for Millsaps. The Lynx fall to 16-6 on the season and 10-4 in SCAC play and will return to action on Friday, February 17th against the University of the South, in Sewanee, TN.

Sewanee
dropped both its games this past weekend. In their final road trip of the season, the Tigers loss at Oglethorpe, Friday, and against Birmingham-Southern, Sunday. In both contests, Sewanee was undone by a poor shooting percentage. The once leading offense in the league averaged only 54.5 points per game. After winning four straight games, Sewanee has now lost nine out of its last 11 contests. This week, Sewanee will look to close out the season on a strong note. The Tigers will take on long-time rival Rhodes, Friday, and Millsaps on Sunday.

Southwestern
won a pair of conference contests over the weekend against Colorado College and Hendrix vaulting the Pirates to the top of the SCAC Western conference standings heading into the final weekend of regular season play. Southwestern who has already qualified for the SCAC Tournament prior to these two wins are now in control of its own destiny to earn the top seed coming out of the West heading to Birmingham and the SCAC Tournament. Anna Fareed led the Pirates over the weekend averaging 21.5 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists per game. Southwestern closes out the 2011-12 regular season portion of its SCAC schedule on the road this weekend against Austin College and Dallas.

Trinity
split a pair of SCAC games in the final home games of the regular season, beating Hendrix 85-58 before losing 78-82 against Colorado College. Trinity fell just short of completing a miracle comeback on Sunday afternoon, taking a 10-point deficit down to just two in the final 90 seconds. Trailing by two with under 20 seconds to play, the Tigers stole an inbounds pass to try and tie the game. What looked like an open layup was blocked from behind, and Colorado got the rebound, and iced the game with two free throws. Trinity lost the two games against Colorado by a total of just seven points this season. The win over Hendrix gave the Tigers a season series split with the Warriors. That victory also clinched Trinity’s spot in the SCAC Tournament at the end of the month. Trinity will finish off the regular season with a pair of road games against Dallas and Austin College. The Tigers defeated both teams in San Antonio earlier this season.

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