ROME, Ga. - The Agnes Scott College basketball team continued their difficult non-conference schedule with a 68-41 loss to Berry College (9-3) on the road on Tuesday evening. Natasha Banks had career-highs in points and rebounds, with 8 and 5 respectively, but the Vikings defense held the Scotties (2-7) to 28% shooting from the field, and outrebounded the Scotties, 47-33.
A 16-0 run put the game out of reach in the first half, as the Vikings led 14-11 before holding the Scotties without a point for 5 minutes in the middle of the half to take a 30-11 lead. The Scotties committed 4 turnovers during that span, and Viking sharpshooter Mel McLean made 4 3-point baskets in a span of 3 minutes. The Scotties responded with a 6-0 run of their own, with Shavonne Orr bucketing 4 of her team-high 9 points in that span, but the Vikings would finish the half with 5 unanswered points to take a 35-17 lead into halftime.
"We have really tried to challenge ourselves this season with a solid schedule," indicated Scottie head coach Trish Roberts. "We are still learning to play as a team, and facing competition like this will only help us improve."
The Vikings were led by Emma Cook and McLean, who each finished with 14 points.
The Scotties will open Great South Athletic Conference play on Saturday, January 10, when they travel to the GSAC defending champions, Salem College, for a 2:00 p.m. contest.