The Oglethorpe women's basketball team came back from a seven-point deficit with 8:20 remaining in the game to defeat Rhodes 70-69 on Sunday afternoon at Dorough Field House.
The Lady Petrels were down 34-28 at halftime after an up-and-down first half which Rhodes dominated the final 10 miuntes of. The margin stayed pretty much the same throughout the first part of the second half. But after Rhodes' biggest lead was attained at 8:20, Oglethorpe began a comeback. They tied the game with 3:55 left on a jumper by Katie Weeks.
Rhodes went back ahead again, but Oglethorpe took the lead for good with two Sarah Jones free throws with 1:46 left. Then Kelley Reeves delivered the dagger: a three-pointer with 1:06 left that game Oglethorpe a 69-65 lead. Rhodes cut that lead to one and had the final possession, but couldn't hit the big shot when they needed it.
Kelley Reeves enjoyed a career day for Oglethorpe, setting career highs in points, field goals made and three-pointers made with 21, 6 and 5, respectively. She was also 4-4 from the line and had three assists. Sarah Giles also had an excellent game, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
The victory improves Oglethorpe to 7-5 on the year, 2-1 in SCAC play. The Lady Petrels will be on the road next weekend. They will be at Centre on Friday night.