Women’s basketball defeats Berea after a commanding third quarter

Photo from game against Berea College. Photo courtesy of sewaneetigers.com.

By Harry Davis
Staff Writer

The Sewanee Tigers women’s basketball team defeated the Berea College Mountaineers 81-59 at home in their first home game of the season.

The Tigers entered the game with a record of one win and one loss after they started their season at the Agnes Scott Tip-Off Classic. Piedmont College defeated the Tigers 68-64 in the first game despite a strong fourth quarter by Sewanee. In the following game, the Tigers won against Agnes Scott College 59-47. In both games, Sewanee had more assists and fewer turnovers as they sought to continue their unselfish play into their first home game.

The Tigers dominated early against the Mountaineers, and the game was tied at 2-2 before Sewanee went on a 14 to 2 run, which ended halfway through the first quarter with the score at 16-4. The Mountaineers clawed back near the end of the quarter before Sue Kim (C’19) drilled a three-pointer with two seconds left in the quarter to expand the Tigers’ lead to 24-12.

The second quarter showed a great performance by Berea in which they outscored Sewanee 20-6; this included two runs, one for eight points and one for 10, to end the half with the Mountaineers up two points with the score at 32-30.

As the second half started, Sewanee scored quickly as they created and expanded their lead to eight points at 42-34 in under four minutes. The Tigers showed that the weak second quarter was a mere fluke as they controlled Berea in route to a 64-42 score to start the fourth quarter.

But again, the Mountaineers responded and tied the Tigers in the final quarter 17-17 for a final score of 81-59. The Tigers showed extreme determination in this win as they fought back from a tough second quarter.

Sewanee was led by Kim as she scored 19 points and added eight assists. Ellie Treanton (C’22) provided excellent support off the bench as she scored 16 points with six rebounds, a team-high, in her 22 minutes of play.

The Tigers continued their unselfish play with excellent ball movement as they finished the game with 19 assists to Berea’s eight, which led to a three-point percentage of 50 percent compared to Berea’s 13.6 percent. Overall, it was a great home opener to start the season as the Tigers improved to a record of two wins and one loss.