BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Feb. 24, 2017) – Despite a record-setting day by sophomore student-athlete Bella Taylor, the Sewanee women's basketball team's season came to an end Friday, as the Tigers lost to Oglethorpe 88-62 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament.
The Tigers' season comes to a close with a 9-16 overall record. Despite having a young roster that featured only two seniors, Savannah Rose and Haley Lyerly, the Tigers finished fifth in the SAA regular season.
Individually, Taylor finished with 14 points against Oglethorpe. That gave the sophomore from Sparta, Tenn., 505 points this season. With that, Taylor broke the program's single-season scoring record, which was held by Kim Valek. Valek's record has stood since 1987.
Oglethorpe set the pace early outscoring the Tigers 21-13 in the first quarter. The Stormy Petrels stayed red-hot over the next 10 minutes. OU went 11-for-14 in the second quarter, which extended its advantage to 24 points by halftime.
From there, OU never looked back. The Stormy Petrels shot 56.9 percent of the game which allowed OU to build its largest lead, 31 points, with 8:57 to play.
After being one of the top offensive teams in the SAA regular season, Sewanee struggled from the floor on Friday making only 36.4 percent of its attempts.
SAA Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Ransom led OU with 18 points and six rebounds.
The Stormy Petrels advance to play host Birmingham-Southern in the semifinals on Saturday.