ATLANTA, Ga. — The Hendrix College basketball teams split a pair of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference games against Oglethorpe University at Dorough Fieldhouse on Sunday.
The Warriors won the women’s game 70-66. A solid second half helped Oglethorpe take an 89-77 win in the men’s game.
Hendrix senior Christina Byler scored a season-high 24 points and junior Anna Roane poured in 14 points to lead the Warriors. Byler matched her season-best mark with five 3-pointers and tallied a season-high 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Roane was just 3-of-12 from the field, but a clutch 6-of-7 from the line. Byler scored 13 points in the second half, and Roane caught fire for 10 points in the final period.
Hendrix (10-9, 7-4 SCAC) took control early with an 11-4 lead, its largest advantage of the first half, with 13:13 remaining. The lead was short-lived as Oglethorpe (4-15, 3-8 SCAC) answered with a 20-3 run over the next seven minutes to go up 24-13 with 5:41 to go.
The Warriors narrowed their deficit to just three points with 3:04 on the clock after three-consecutive 3-pointers resulted in a 14-6 spurt. However, the Stormy Petrels closed the first half with an 8-1 spree to own a 38-28 lead at the break. Oglethorpe dominated the paint with a 24-8 advantage in the first 20 minutes.
The Stormy Petrels clung to the lead for the first 7:31 after intermission, until a pair of free throws from Byler with 14:15 on the clock ignited a 22-2 run and gave the Warriors a 60-49 lead with 5:17 left in regulation. First year Jamie Tate pulled down six rebounds over the game-changing run.
Oglethorpe would not go away without a fight and eventually took a 65-64 lead after a pair of free throws with 1:15 remaining. Hendrix responded with a clutch shot on its next possession when Byler found Roane open behind the arc for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 57 ticks left on the clock. The Stormy Petrels brought it back to a one-point game with a free throw on their next possession, 67-66, with 49 seconds to go.
Roane then turned the ball over on the inbound, however, Oglethorpe came up empty on a shot from distance and Roane fought for the rebound. The Stormy Petrels were forced to foul to stop the clock and Roane made it hurt with two clutch free throws, 69-66, with 30 seconds left. Oglethorpe missed a jumper on its next trip down the court and Tate came down with her ninth rebound of the half to seal the deal. Junior Samantha Devlin was immediately fouled and she went 1-of-2 from the line to reach the final mark, 70-66, with just nine seconds left.
Tate finished with eight points and 11 rebounds, while Devlin added nine points and three steals. Junior Caty Hensy collected eight points and eight rebounds. Junior Katy Ashley-Pauley tallied a game-high five assists. Hendrix shot just 31.7 percent from the field.
Hendrix now owns a one game lead over Millsaps and Trinity for the top spot in the SCAC West Division.
Senior Todd Ward exploded for 18 second-half points and a decisive 20-2 run late in the game to lift Oglethorpe.
Ward finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds. Oglethorpe (12-8, 8-3 SCAC) gave up 34 points in the paint during the first half, however, the Stormy Petrels allowed just eight points and scored 22 down low in the final period. Ten of Ward’s second-half points came from inside the paint.
Neither team led by more than seven points in the first half, with Hendrix (6-13, 2-9 SCAC) controlling a 14-7 advantage after 5:45 of action. The lead would change hands four times in the opening half. Hendrix scorched the on 66.7 shooting from the field (20-of-30), while Oglethorpe posted a 48.4 percentage (15-of-31) in the first 20 minutes.
Ward knotted the game at 43-43 with a jumper in the paint on Oglethorpe’s last possession of the half and Hendrix first year Colton Primm knocked down a jumper as time expired to put the Warriors on top, 45-43, at halftime.
Both teams traded a pair of leads in the first 7:25 after intermission until Hendrix jumped out to a 66-57 lead with 11:17 to go. Sophomore Jaren Riley and junior Ammon Martin highlighted the 11-0 run with a two 3-pointers. Oglethorpe narrowed its deficit to three points after Ward converted on a 3-point play the hard way, 67-64, with 9:44 to go. Martin stretched it back out to a six-point advantage on the Warrior’s next possession when he drained a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired.
Ward was denied by Primm on the Stormy Petrels next trip down the court, but he grabbed his own rebound and ignited the game-changing 20-2 run with a layup.
Martin led Hendrix with a career-high 21 points. Junior Nick Heathscott collected 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Primm mixed in a career-best 13 points and eight boards. Riley and junior Chris Goodman score nine points apiece.