SEWANEE, Tenn. -- Joanna Smith had another strong second half performance and registered a double-double, however the Covenant women's basketball team came up short in a 69-63 loss at Sewanee on Thursday night inside Juhan Gymnasium.
The loss for Covenant drops the Scots to 1-6 on the year, while Sewanee goes to 6-5. The teams split the regular season series.
Smith poured in 23 points and 15 rebounds on the night to lead Covenant. The senior had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the second half alone, and is just four points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Covenant got off to a tough start as it went the first six-plus minutes of the contest without a made field goal. The Scots then made three straight to grab an 8-6 lead on Taylor Robinson's layup after a Kaley Hallmark steal with 2:57 left. The run extended to 10-0 as Joanna Smith converted a driving layup at the 2:18 mark. The Scots would lead 12-11 entering the second period.
In the second, Sewanee regained the lead as the host Tigers shot 46.7 percent (7-of-15) in the quarter. Covenant trailed by six with under a minute left in the period, but two Morgan Douglass 3-pointers on consecutive possessions cut the Scots' deficit to 29-27 at halftime.
The Scots came out firing in the first minute of the third quarter. Covenant forced two turnovers and made its first three shots to begin the quarter and take a 33-29 lead. A Bekah Walter layup, off a Smith steal, capped the run the spurt in the first 31 seconds of the quarter.
Covenant took its largest lead of the game at 37-32 after a Robinson layup with 7:00 left in the quarter. However, Sewanee responded and gained a 48-45 lead entering the fourth.
A Smith bucket in the early moments of the final quarter cut the deficit back down to one. Smith scored the first eight points as Covenant crept to within two at 55-53, but Sewanee extended its lead to 60-53 with 4:25 left after a Kinsley Logan jumper.
Down 64-57 with 32 seconds left, Hallmark drained a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to cut the deficit to 65-63 with 18 seconds left. Sewanee iced the game at the free throw line as the Tigers made four straight in the final 15 seconds to seal the win.
Hallmark added 14 points and six assists for Covenant, while Margo Koby had nine points. The Scots shot 43.1 percent (25-of-58) from the field and held a 46-24 rebounding edge. Covenant had 14 points off 18 offensive rebounds.
Logan and Ellie Treanton had 16 points each to lead a trio of Tigers in double figure scoring. Sue Kim added 15 points. The Tigers connected on 44.6 percent (35-of-56) with seven 3-pointers.
Covenant will host Webster on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside Barnes PE Center.
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