LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Rachel Thomas posted a career-high 20 points and the women's basketball team held off Agnes Scott, 55-46, on Wednesday night in the USA South opener from the Barnes PE Center.
With the game tied at 45, Covenant (3-5, 1-0 USA South) finished out the game with an 8-1 spurt started by a Margo Koby layup with 3:09 to go. The Scots sealed the game as Thomas completed an old fashioned three-point play with 24 seconds to go and Ruthie Moore hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left.
Agnes Scott (0-7, 0-1 USA South) used an 11-0 run to trim the Scots' lead to two with 7:04 remaining in the game. The Scotties then evened things up at 45 with a pair of Emma Olson free throws with 3:16 left before Covenant started their final run.
Thomas poured in a career-high 20 points to go with seven rebounds. Hannah Monday and Koby chipped in with 11 points each to round out the double-digit scorers for the Scots. Monday came down with six boards and dished three dimes to go with four steals and four blocks while Koby had five rebounds in the contest.
Ruthie Moore came close to a triple-double with eight points, eight rebounds, and a season-high seven assists to go with two steals.
Koby scored the first basket of the game just under three minutes in and the two teams traded buckets in a quarter that saw five ties and two lead changes before being knotted at 10 to wrap up the opening frame.
In the second quarter, Covenant regained the lead with 3:01 on a Thomas layup and finished out the half on a 9-4 run to take a 25-20 advantage into the break.
The Scots came out of the half firing starting with a 6-0 run to stretch the lead to 11 on a Monday layup off a Moore assist and Covenant maintained that lead going into the fourth up 41-30 before the Scotties run.
Olson paced the Agnes Scott offense with 16 points as Garis Grant posted a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds, 11 on the offensive glass. Shay Sweat pulled down 10 rebounds and Addison Harrison had nine points in the contest.
The Scotties won the battle of the glass 51-38 including 22 offensive rebounds and outscored Covenant 12-9 in second-chance scoring and 9-5 in bench points.
The Scots posted 15 assists on 23 made field-goals and outscored Agnes Scott 16-6 off turnovers, 34-28 in the paint, and 9-3 on fast breaks.
The Covenant defense forced 20 turnovers and the Scots maintained the lead for 25:55 of the contest.
Covenant shot 36.5 percent (23-of-63) overall and went 5-for-17 (29.4 percent) from 3-point distance. Covenant had limited opportunities at the free-throw line going 4-for-6 (66.7 percent) from the line.
Agnes Scott went 27 percent (17-for-63) from the floor but went a cold 5.9 (1-for-17) from 3-point range. The Scotties shot 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NIGHT
The Scots travel to Demorest, Georgia to take on Piedmont on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
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