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Scots Rout Wesleyan in Regular Season Home Finale

Clara Dirkse Wolfe (Nina Grauley/Sports Information)
Clara Dirkse Wolfe (Nina Grauley/Sports Information)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Ten different players found the scoring column for the Covenant women's basketball team as the Scots completed the regular season home schedule with a 72-46 victory over Wesleyan on Tuesday night in USA South action inside Barnes PE Center.

The win is the third straight for Covenant (9-11, 5-6 USA South).

Joanna Smith led the charge for the Scots with her double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals. Morgan Douglass recorded a career-high 10 points with two assists, while Emma Grimes had nine points and Clara Dirkse Wolfe and Grace Potter each had eight. Covenant's bench outscored Wesleyan's 33-0 on the night.

Covenant shot 41.8 percent (28-of-67) on the night with seven 3-pointers and had a 49-24 rebounding edge over Wesleyan (4-12, 0-8 USA South). The Scots utilized 19 offensive rebounds to score 27 second-chance points and turned 15 Wesleyan turnovers into 20 points.

The Scots got out to a hot start as the hosts grabbed a 24-13 lead after the first period on 52.9 percent (9-of-17) shooting. Covenant had five 3-pointers in the first, including two in the early going from Grimes. The shooting cooled off in the second, but Covenant held the visiting Wolves to just two made field goals and extended the lead to 19, 38-19, at the half.

The lead continued to grow over the final two quarters as Covenant wore down a Wesleyan squad that traveled just seven players. The margin reached 31 at 56-25 after a Wolfe layup, assisted by Hannah Monday, late in the third period. The Scots' lead hovered around 30 for most of the fourth quarter.

Bekah Walter added seven points and a game-high four assists for Covenant. As a team, the Scots dished out 20 assists on 28 made field goals. Taylor Robinson and Kaley Hallmark each had five points, and Monday collected nine rebounds to go with two points and two steals. Jessica Bell contributed four rebounds and two assists.

Wesleyan shot just 36.2 percent (17-of-47) for the game and was 10-of-25 from the foul line. Rosine Nguenowou had 13 points to lead the Wolves. Taylor Thigpen had 12 points and TK Blount 10 in the loss. Sherricka Sims grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.


Covenant will travel to Brevard on Friday. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.


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