Women's Hoops Outlasts Sewanee in Double-OT, 110-103

Jessica Bell (Nina Grauley/Sports Information)
Jessica Bell (Nina Grauley/Sports Information)

SEWANEE, Tenn. -- The Covenant women's basketball team saw a late, fourth quarter lead evaporate but outlasted host Sewanee in a double-overtime thriller, 110-103, on Saturday evening inside Juhan Gymnasium and the finale of the Sewanee Holiday Classic.

It was a season-high for points for Covenant (5-5) and the third-most points scored in a single game in program history. The 110 points are the most scored in a game for Covenant since the Scots poured in 115 in a victory over Oakwood in 2006. 

Covenant looked to have the game in hand late in the fourth quarter. The Scots led by double-digits during the period and held a 78-69 lead with 2:11 remaining after a Grace Potter jumper. But Sewanee used a flurry of 3-pointers and clutch baskets down the stretch to tie the game at 80-80 with seven seconds left. Covenant had one last chance in regulation, but could not get off a shot against a stingy Sewanee half-court defense.

In the first overtime, Covenant took a five-point lead, 89-84, with 1:47 left after Potter drained a 3-pointer and Jessica Bell knocked down a pair of free throws. The lead for the Scots was 92-89 with under 30 seconds to go after Kaley Hallmark made two free throws, however the 3-point shot was in Sewanee's favor again as Bella Taylor drilled a triple to knot the score at 92 with 14 seconds remaining. Bekah Walter's contested 3-pointer as time expired in the overtime was off the mark and sent the game into a second overtime session.

The teams traded 3-pointers early in the second overtime as Taylor and Walter connected for each team. Covenant took the lead for good with 3:20 left when Walter went 1-for-2 at the line giving the Scots a 98-97 edge. The teams again traded baskets over the next few minutes before back-to-back buckets from Walter gave Covenant a 108-103 lead with 22 seconds left. A defensive stop and two free throws from Joanna Smith sealed the win for Covenant.

Smith recorded a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 21 rebounds. The 21 boards are tied for the third-most in a single game in program history and set a career-high for the junior. Walter led the Scots with her 23 points, while Bell had 21 points and six rebounds. Hallmark added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Clara Dirkse Wolfe had a season-high 12 points.

Rachel Thomas and Emma Grimes each had nine points in the win. The point total for Thomas is a career-high and the freshman also collected a career-best five rebounds.

Covenant led 20-19 at the end of the first quarter after shooting over 52 percent in the period. The Scots held Sewanee scoreless for the first six-and-a-half minutes of the second and extended the lead to 27-19 after a Hallmark 3-pointer with 3:57 left in the period. Covenant scored the final five points of the quarter as Hallmark connected on another triple and Thomas made a baseline jumper as time expired giving the Scots a 38-27 lead at the break.

The lead grew in the third as Covenant led by as many as 14 on multiple occasions, the last of which came after Thomas converted a driving layup that made it 55-41 with 2:20 remaining in the period.

As a team, Covenant shot 47.1 percent (40-of-85) with eight 3-pointers and a 22-of-30 effort at the free throw line. The Scots had a 52-40 rebounding edge and used 15 offensive rebounds to hold a 20-9 edge in second-chance points.

Sewanee's (3-6) duo of Taylor and Hannah McCormack combined for 68 points. Taylor had 35 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, while McCormack totaled 33 points and five assists. Allison Hitchock added 12 points for the Tigers, who shot 48.1 percent (37-of-77) from the field with 11 treys.


Covenant will begin the main portion of the USA South schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Maryville. Tip-off at Boydson Baird Gymansium is set for 7 p.m.


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