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Season-in-Review: Women's Basketball

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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- In head coach Skylar Bareford's first season at the helm of the program, the Covenant women's basketball team qualified for the USA South Tournament for a third straight year.

Playing a tough non-conference schedule that included eventual Division III national champion Thomas More and three other teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament, the Scots finished the season with a 10-16 record and went 7-9 in the USA South. Covenant tied for fifth in the USA South West Division.

GAME OF THE YEAR:

On a day that celebrated the careers of six seniors (Grace Potter, Morgan Douglass, Kaley Hallmark, Taylor Robinson, Joanna Smith, and Bekah Walter), the Scots took on LaGrange and defeated the visiting Panthers, 58-55, to avenge a 25-point loss earlier in the season.

In a tight battle that saw four ties and 11 lead changes, Covenant was able to surge ahead in the fourth quarter. Down 46-43, the Scots went on an 8-0 run over a span of two-plus minutes to gain a 52-46 lead. A Douglass jumper gave Covenant the lead during the stretch, while Monday drained a key 3-pointer to make it 50-46 with 4:05 left. 

Key defensive stops in the final minutes by Covenant kept the visiting Panthers at bay. The Scots made enough free throws down the stretch and a contested 3-pointer from LaGrange's Jahpera McEachin in the final seconds was well off the mark as Covenant held on for the win.

Three seniors ended the game in double-figures led by Hallmark with 17. Walter was the next leading scorer with 13 points as Smith pitched in with 10 points of her own. Hallmark also pulled down eight rebounds to pace the Scots to go along with a team-high six steals. Smith recorded the lone block in the game.

MEMORABLE MARKS:

  • Joanna Smith became the 22nd member of the Covenant 1,000 point club in the Scots 83-74 victory over Webster on Dec. 8 against Webster. Smith recorded a double-double in the contest with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Smith finished her career 1,246 career points (14th all-time) and 876 career rebounds (fourth all-time).
  • Smith finished her career as one of four players in program history to record at least 1,000 career points and 800 career rebounds.
  • Kaley Hallmark's free throw percentage of 88.9 percent for the year was the highest mark in program history (of players making at least one per team game). Hallmark went 32-of-36 from the charity stripe on the year.
  • Freshman Nichole Rittgers hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points in the Scots' 91-14 victory over Wesleyan on Jan. 26. Rittgers came off the bench and provided a spark starting the game making her first six baskets, all 3-pointers.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Covenant picked up its first win of the year, and head coach Skylar Bareford's first career victory, with a 67-61 win over Sewanee on Nov. 28

TOP PEFORMERS:

Points Per Game:
Joanna Smith (13.0)
Kaley Hallmark (10.5)
Bekah Walter (8.5)

Shooting Percentage:
Joanna Smith (.531)... fourth in USA South
Nichole Rittgers (.455)
Hannah Monday (.449)

3-Point Percentage:
Nichole Rittgers (.474)
Joanna Smith (.385)
Kaley Hallmark (.312)

Free Throw Percentage:
Kaley Hallmark (.889)
Margo Koby (.783)
Bekah Walter (.771)

Rebounds Per Game:
Joanna Smith (7.3)
Hannah Monday (4.5)
Kaley Hallmark (4.2)

Assists Per Game:
Taylor Robinson (2.8)
Kaley Hallmark (2.4)
Raquel Rosa (1.8)

AWARD WINNERS:

All-USA South West Division
Joanna Smith - 2nd team

USA South Player of the Week
Joanna Smith - Dec. 10

USA South All-Sportsmanship
Rachel Thomas

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