SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee women's basketball team, thanks to 19 steals, defeated the Scots of Covenant College 69-63, to snap a three-game losing streak, Thursday night inside Juhan Gymnasium.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (6-5) 69, Covenant (1-6) 63
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-After an opening jump shot by Kinsley Logan, the Tigers forced two straight turnovers and had a 6-0 lead with seven minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
-Despite seven turnovers in the opening quarter by the Scots shot 5-of-9 in the period and took a 12-11 lead after the opening stanza.
-The teams traded the lead in the second quarter. With 2:47 left in the opening half, Lakeisha Phillips drained two free throws to spark a rally. Sewanee went on a 7-0 run in about a 1:15 span to lead 27-21.
-The Scots made it interesting late in the half. The Scots drained a 3-pointer at the end of the half, but it was the home team with the 29-27 lead at the break.
-In the second half, Covenant got out to a 37-32 lead with seven minutes remaining in the period, but the Purple and Gold stormed back to stay neck-and-neck with the visitors.
-Neither team had more than a four-point lead the rest of the period, and thanks to a Bella Bombassi layup in the final seconds, Sewanee led 48-45 going into the fourth quarter.
-Sewanee's biggest lead of the game came with 3:30 left in regulation. The Tigers stretched the lead out to nine points, 62-53 thanks to a 7-0 run.
-The Scots attempted a comeback, as they cut the nine-point deficit to three with 18 seconds remaining thanks to a Kaley Hallmark triple. However, the Tigers drained their final four points of the game via free throws to seal the contest.
-With the win, the Tigers snap a personal five-game losing streak to the Scots and a three-game losing streak overall.
-Sue Kim posted 15 points for the Tigers in the win.
COVENANT KEY STATISTICS
-Joanna Smith led all scorers with a double-double 23 points and 15 rebounds.
-Kaley Hallmark added 14 points and six dimes.
With the 2018 portion of the schedule in the books, the Tigers will return to the hardwood on Friday, Jan. 4, as they step back into Southern Athletic Association play. The Tigers will host the Warriors of Hendrix College.