Sewanee’s Kinsley Logan (C’22) drives against Rhodes’s Libby Long. Photos by Matthew Hembree (C’20).
By Jeremy O’Neill
Juhan Gymnasium was a hot spot for college basketball fans this past weekend, with four games happening over Friday and Sunday. Women’s basketball tipped off the competition with a Friday evening battle with rivals Rhodes College, with the men’s teams playing after.
The weekend got off to a rough start for the Tigers, as Rhodes’ women’s team outscored Sewanee’s 16-8 in the first quarter. Things never really looked up for the Tigers, as the Lynx shot an impressive 47.5% from the field and passed extremely well, notching 19 assists. Sewanee’s lackluster 33.3% shooting didn’t provide them with much help, as Rhodes cruised to an 83-54 victory.
Sewanee shooting turned around as Friday evening progressed, with the men’s team following a 20-point performance by Adrian Thomas (C’20) and 17 points off the bench. The Lynx couldn’t come with any answers to the Tiger offense, which shot a lights-out 54.9% in front of 319 people in attendance to watch the rivalry play out.
Adrian Thomas (C’20) lays up the ball against Rhodes.
Unfortunately, the Tiger Men couldn’t keep up their winning ways into Sunday, as the offensive outburst from Hendrix College’s Warriors was too much for them. The Warriors bench players were particularly impressive, who combined for 34 points, 20 of which came from Hendrix Sophomore Alex Conrad.
Bright spots for the Tigers included 20 points from Jordan Warlick (C’22) and 22 from Thomas. “A.T.” also passed an impressive statistical milestone, as his 6 rebounds were enough to place him over the 500 mark. This makes him the 13th men’s player in Sewanee’s athletic history to have both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career.
The Sewanee women’s team was able to turn things around after their loss to Rhodes, defeating Hendrix 63-47. The contest was close after a back-and-forth first half, as a last second shot from Kinsley Logan (C’22) put the Tigers up by 2 going into intermission. Sewanee never looked back, as they outscored the Warriors 35-22 in a strong second half performance. Abby Young (C’22) led the Tigers with 12 points, with teammate Ellie Treanton (C’22) collecting 8 rebounds.
Both Sewanee hoops teams face familiar foes next on their schedules, as they will travel west for rematches at Rhodes and Hendrix on January 24 and 26 before closing out the month with games against Millsaps on January 31.