LAGRANGE, Ga. — LaGrange College made it a rough return to familiar territory for Hendrix women’s coach Emily Cummins, taking a 79-71 victory over the Warriors on Thursday.
Cummins came to Hendrix after serving as an assistant coach at LaGrange.
The Warriors fell to 2-8 on the season while the Panthers improved to 6-3.
Down 35-27 with 5:02 left in the first half, Hendrix went on a 14-5 run to end the period, taking a 41-40 lead into the break. Sophomore forward Jamie Tate led the Warriors with 17 points and nine rebounds in the half.
Tied at 62-62 with 6:24 remaining, the Panthers took the lead for good with a 14-5 run over the next 4:05. After shooting 6-of-13 from 3-point range in the first half, Hendrix went cold in the second period, making just 2-of-12 attempts.
LaGrange shot 40 percent (25-of-62) from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line (24-of-34). The Warriors shot 40 percent (23-of-58) and 74 percent from the line (17-of-23). The Panthers had a 45-39 rebound advantage.
Tate, from Nashville, Tenn., set career-highs with 25 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. Senior guard Avery Roller recorded 18 points and senior guard Katy Ashley-Pauley had 14 points.
Hendrix will continue its Georgia road trip at Berry Friday afternoon.