MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - The Sewanee women's basketball team had a team win on the floor on Sunday, led by Bella Taylor as Sewanee defeated Berry for the Tigers first Southern Athletic Association (SAA) victory in 2018.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (6-9, 1-4) 86, Berry (6-9, 1-4) 78
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-Sewanee played a defensive first period with the home team, but the Tigers defense held strong, limiting the Vikings to 10 points on just two field goals.
-Berry used second-chance points in the second period, collecting six offensive rebounds and outrebounding the visitors, 18-6, en route to 25-19 period. However, it was Sewanee who had the 35-32 advantage heading into intermission.
-The second half belonged to the Tigers, outscoring the Vikings, 50-43 in the final 20 minutes of play. Sewanee shot 14-of-29 (48.3 percent) from the field in the half.
-Leading 62-61 going into the final frame, the Tigers pushed to a 13-3 run in the first five-minutes of the half to seal the win.
SCHOOL RECORD SHATTERED
-With 36 seconds left in the contest, Bella Taylor became the new leader for points in a game in school history, draining both free throws for point number 37 and 38 to break Sophie Brawner's 37-year record of 37 points, set against Johnson (Tenn.) in 1981.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Bella Taylor finished the contest with 40 points, becoming the first women's basketball player to eclipse the mark in school history. 30 of her points came in the final 20 minutes, with 15 each in the third and fourth periods. The junior missed a double-double by one board, finishing with nine in the contest. From the field, she drained 10-of-20 and 18-of-23 from the charity stripe.
-Hannah McCormack added 15 points for the Tigers in the win, adding seven boards and three blocks.
-Kelley Myers contributed off the bench with 14 points.
-Katie Roth recorded nine rebounds, five on the offensive glass, with eight points.
-For the contest, Sewanee shot 42 percent (25-of-59) from the field, 10-of-27 from downtown and recorded eight turnovers while forcing 13 by Berry.
BERRY KEY STATISTICS
-Alex Weems dropped 27 points for Berry thanks to a 15-of-18 performance from the charity stripe and made it a double-double on this Sunday with 11 boards.
-Jana Morning also recorded a double-double, scoring 14 and grabbing 10 rebounds off the bench.
The road trip continues for the Tigers next weekend with trips to Rhodes on Friday and Hendrix on Sunday. The team returns home on Jan. 26 with a SAA showdown with Rhodes.