Photo courtesy of sewaneetigers.com.
By Harry Davis
The Sewanee Tigers women’s basketball team defeated the Covenant College Scots 69-63 at home to end their three-game losing streak.
The Tigers entered the game with a record of five wins and five losses. The previous two games for Sewanee were narrow losses as they lost to Covenant 67-61 and Centre 53-49. In the game against Covenant, the Tigers played a close game but failed to convert on turnovers. The Scots generated 34 points off turnovers to the Tigers’ 14 and scored 12 second-chance points to the Tigers’ four.
The Tigers started the game with great momentum, opening up a six to zero lead less than three minutes into the quarter. The Scots then went on to their own run and led 10 to six before the Tigers came back to make the score 12-9 at the end of the quarter.
Already, both teams showed a willingness to compete from deficits, and this continued in the second quarter. The second quarter was characterized by the teams going back and forth, one basket for another, and the half ended with a three point shot by the Scots with two seconds left to cut the Tigers’ lead to 29-27.
Both teams showed great composure; with any time that either team had a lead of any kind, the other team fought back to tie the game or even take the lead. This trend continued throughout the third quarter, which ended with a layup by Bella Bombassi (C’21) to make the score 48-45 for the Tigers.
With six minutes left in the game and the score at 55-53, the Tigers began to pull away with the game. Ellie Treanton (C’22) shot a three pointer, followed by two more baskets to make the score 62-53, but again, the game was not over, and the Scots cut the lead to 62-57 in quick order.
As the game wound down, the Scots started to foul with 32 seconds left in the game to preserve any amount of time left for a comeback. Sewanee, however, went six for eight on free throws, which ended any comeback attempt in order to make the final 69-63 in favor of Sewanee.
Sewanee showed great depth in scoring and had three players with at least 15 points: Treanton, Kinsley Logan (C’22), and Sue Kim (C’19). The Tigers continued to shoot well in this game, highlighted by their 66.7 percent free throw percentage, which helped to seal the game in the end.