SALEM, N.C. - Cold shooting from the floor and from the free throw line doomed a spirited effort by the Agnes Scott College basketball team, as they were edged by defending Great South Athletic Conference champion, Salem College, 55-47. The Spirits (2-9, 1-0 GSAC) were led by Quantashea Lewis, who bucketed 10 points, and had a game-high 24 rebounds for the home team.
The first half was a back and forth affair until late in the half, when some untimely turnovers by the Scotties (2-8, 0-1 GSAC) led to some late Spirit baskets, stretching a 26-24 lead to a 33-24 lead in the last two minutes of the half. The Scotties, who were led by first-year Jalexis Teemer with 11 points, clawed back in the second half to shrink the lead back to 3 at 36-33, but that would be the closest they would get, as the Spirits made 12 of 19 free throws in the second half alone, accounting for more than half of their points in the half. The Scotties, by comparison, were 4 for 10, leading to the final 8 point deficit.
For the Scotties, Care Bacon also chipped in with 10 points and 4 steals, while first-year Laniqua Collins returned from injury to log 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. It was Collins' first action since November 22, 2014.
The Scotties will return to the floor on Tuesday, January 13, as they travel north to Piedmont College for a 6:00 p.m. contest.