SEWANEE, Tenn. -- Trailing by 17 in the third quarter, the Covenant women's basketball team outscored host Sewanee by 24 the rest of the way to pull out a 69-62 road win at Juhan Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Scots trailed 49-32 with 8:27 left in the third quarter, but would outscore Sewanee 37-13 over the final 18:27 of the game to take the victory.
Joanna Smith led all players with 21 points, one shy of tying her career high, to go along with seven rebounds and three assists for Covenant (6-4). Rachel Price tallied 10 points and six rebounds, while Alex Quimby came on in the second half to score nine points. Aleigha Williams had seven points and Aleksandreja Kulits tallied six points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Everything went Sewanee's way in the opening two periods. The Tigers made eight 3-pointers in the first half and would lead 43-30 entering halftime after going on an 18-6 scoring run over the final five minutes of the second quarter. Sewanee took the 43-30 lead after Sue Kim buried her fourth 3-pointer of the half in the final seconds of the second quarter.
Early on in the third, Sewanee continued to have success as the Tigers took their largest lead of the game at 49-32 after a Hannah McCormack layup with 8:27 left in the third.
But Covenant would not go away. Five quick points from Quimby cut the deficit to 49-37 with 6:46 left in the third and Price followed with a conventional three-point play to draw Covenant to within single digits at 49-40 with 5:55 left. Down 11 in the final two minutes of the period, Smith hit a 3-pointer and Grace Potter connected on 1-of-2 from the free throw line to make it 55-48 entering the fourth.
Covenant clamped down defensively in the fourth limiting Sewanee to 17.6 percent shooting and used that edge to complete the comeback. Down 59-53, Covenant scored six straight points to tie the score, capped by a pair of free throws from Quimby with 3:51 left. The Scots grabbed the lead for good on a Price free throw with 1:44 left and a 3-pointer from Kaley Hallmark with 1:03 to go put the game away.
Covenant ended up with better shooting numbers than Sewanee as the Scots connected on 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field and were 17-of-21 from the foul line. Covenant also held a 46-29 rebounding edge and scored 21 second-chance points.
Bella Taylor had 18 points and five steals for Sewanee (3-8), while Kim added 16 points and Corey Caulder 11. The Tigers shot 39.7 percent (25-of-63) from the floor with 10 3-pointers.
Covenant will open USA South play on Friday at home against Piedmont. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. inside Barnes PE Center.
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