Tigers Drop Three-Point Contest at Second-ranked Oglethorpe
December 5, 2008
December 5, 2008, Atlanta, Ga. — The 19th-ranked Tigers battled back from a seven-point deficit with less than two minutes remaining, but Oglethorpe's Biz Richmann hit a pair with 15.2 seconds remaining and DePauw was unable to get a shot off at the buzzer giving the second-ranked Stormy Petrels an 84-81 win in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both schools. DePauw dropped to 3-3, while Oglethorpe improved to 5-1.
The Tigers built a 34-24 first-half lead, but Oglethorpe used a 13-3 run to tie the contest at 37-37 before DePauw's Cassie Pruzin nailed a three at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 40-37 halftime lead.
Oglethorpe gained a seven-point lead early in the second half after consecutive three-pointers by Hannah Brooks, Kelley Reeves and Ari Brown in less than a one minute stretch made it 58-51 with just under 14 minutes left.
DePauw eventually came back to tie the game at 65-65 on Tammy Taylor's layup after a steal. The Stormy Petrels then scored eight straight with six coming from Tina Grace and the final two on a layup by Katie Kulavic which gave Oglethorpe a 73-65 lead with 6:41 left.
Pruzin hit a three and Danielle Boraz scored on a layup to close the gap to 73-70, but the hosts pushed the lead back to seven twice with the final one coming on Richmann's three with 1:44 left to make it 82-75. Pruzin made two free throws and Boraz scored a layup to make it to close to 82-79 with 49.6 seconds remaining.
Oglethorpe's Tina Gracemissed a three and the Petrels fouled Brianna Frigerio who made both free throws to cut the lead to 82-81. Richmann's two free throws extended the lead to 84-81, but the Tigers couldn't get a good look at a potential game-tying shot.
Katie Mathews and Emily Marshall each scored 14, while Pruzin followed with 13 and Boraz added 12. Pruzin dished out 10 assists for a double-double with Taylor grabbing six rebounds and recording six steals.
Kulavic led Oglethorpe with 20 points and five boards and Grace followed with 19 and four blocks. Richmann scored 17 and Reeves added 13.
Oglethorpe shot 48.2 percent from the floor including 53.1 percent in the second half. The Stormy Petrels nailed 6-of-9 second-half threes. DePauw connected on 49.3 percent from the field.
DePauw travels to Sewanee on Sunday for a 2 p.m. game.