GAMES 15-16 PREVIEW: Berry & Oglethorpe

GAMES 15-16 PREVIEW: Berry & Oglethorpe

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee women's basketball team will begin a two-week, four-game road swing this weekend with contests at Berry and Oglethorpe. 

Game #15 | Sewanee (6-8, 0-3) at Berry (4-10, 0-3) | Friday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT
Cage Center, Mount Berry, Ga.
All-Time Series: Berry leads series, 8-5
Last win: Feb. 11, 2018 in Sewanee (83-65)

Game #16 | Sewanee at Oglethorpe (11-3, 2-1) | Sunday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT
Dorough Field House, Atlanta, Ga.
All-Time Series: Oglethorpe leads series, 29-24
Last win: Feb. 5, 2018 in Sewanee (53-50)

ONE OF THE BEST AT PICKING POCKETS: Sewanee leads the SAA in steals per game with 11.9, and they are 42nd in the country in the category. Inside conference play, they are averaging 9.7 per game, with Oglethorpe coming in second with a 9.3 mark.

Sue Kim and Kinsley Logan are third and fourth in the league with 2.5 and 2.1 steals per game, respectively. Kim has 35 steals on the campaign, while Logan has successfully accomplished 29 thefts. 

THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED...: Last Jan. 14 at the Cage Center, Bella Taylor made history, becoming the first player to achieve a 40-point game in Sewanee Women's Basketball history in the Tigers' 86-78 win over the Vikings. Finishing with 40 points on 10-of-20 shooting, her work came from the charity stripe, making 18-of-23. In the fourth quarter alone, 10 of her 15 points came from the free throw line thanks to a 10-of-12 mark. 

PICKING UP THE DIME: Since the beginning of the new year, Sue Kim has dished out the assist for the women's basketball program. The senior leads the conference with 4.9 per game after notching 21 assists in her last three games. 

The Knoxville, Tenn. native enters the weekend ranked 53rd in all of NCAA Division III in assists per game, and she is 48th in total assists.

A LOOK AT THE VIKINGS: Berry enters the second full weekend of conference play with a 4-10 record, but the team has played a challenging non-conference schedule: including contests against LaGrange twice, Emory and Texas Dallas, who was nationally ranked at the time. 

Senior Alex Weems enters the weekend as the leading scorer for the Vikings, averaging 16.3 points per contest. She is the only student-athlete in double figures. She has posted 5.8 rebounds per game as well

McKenzie Smith, averaging 20.8 minutes per game, has corralled the most boards for Berry with 6.4. She has recorded double figures in that column in two of her last four, including 11, six on the offensive glass, at Millsaps on Jan. 4. 

This will be the 14th meeting all-time between the two schools. After Berry took the first eight meetings, the Tigers have won the last five, including both meetings last year. At the Cage Center on Jan. 14, 2018, Sewanee used a 54-43 second half to defeat Berry on their home floor, 86-78. 

A LOOK AT THE STORMY PETRELS: Oglethorpe is one of two schools who are receiving votes in both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Coaches Poll and the D3hoops.Com poll. The defending SAA Regular Season and Tournament Champions enter the weekend with an 11-3 record. The Petrels are coming off a loss to the Majors of Millsaps, who are the second team in the league that are receiving votes in both Top 25 polls. 

Three-time SAA Player of the Week Savannah LeGate has picked up from her freshman campaign. The SAA Player and Newcomer of the Year is fourth in the league in points per game (14.1) and second in rebounds (9.1). The Nashville, Tenn. native was named the D3hoops.Com South Region and National Rookie of the Year. 

Lauren Ransom, averaging 8.2 points per game this season, surpassed the 1,000 career point mark in OU's 66-57 loss to Millsaps. The feat came with 34 seconds remaining in the contest with a jump shot. 

Oglethorpe holds a three-game winning streak against Sewanee, as the teams meet for the 54th time. OU leads the all-time series, 29-24.  

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