DECATUR, Ga.—Agnes Scott celebrated its first home game of the spring semester in style with a 51-45 win over rival Wesleyan College on Tuesday evening at the Woodruff Gymnasium. A productive night from the low post of Agnes Scott led them to the gritty victory.
A neck-and-neck game from beginning to end, Agnes Scott was able to turn the tide complete in their favor at the end of the fourth quarter when their combination of Jane Lado (Louisville, Ky.) and Garis Grant (Charleston, S.C.) became a nightmare for the Wolves to defend. Grant was relatively quiet by her standards through three quarters but scored 12 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter while also collecting nine boards during that time frame. Lado was steady throughout.
Agnes Scott led for much of the contest, but the game was within two possessions until late in the fourth quarter. Each team traded punches, but Wesleyan was never able to get more than a one-point lead after possessing a 2-0 lead to start regulation.
The Scotties took a 25-21 advantage into halftime but slipped to a slow start in the second half as the Wolves battled back to tie things at 27 apiece. Agnes was able to grow its lead to six points with under a minute to go in the third, but a timely three brought things back within a possessing entering the final 10 minutes.
Wesleyan rallied all the way back to take its first lead since the first quarter at 38-37 with 6:47 to go when Grant took over the game. The physical presence both in possession and on the glass gave Agnes Scott a more balanced offense with Grant taking advantage of her athleticism at the high post.
The Scotties were able to take a 47-40 lead with just under two to go when a couple of errors allowed the Wolves to climb back into it quickly.
The final minute was tense as Wesleyan had a chance to take a lead down two points with under a minute to go, but a bank shot out of a timeout for Jahmeelah Nash-Fuller (New York, N.Y.) put just enough space between the two sides to clinch things for Agnes Scott. Grant made two free throws with just a few seconds remaining.
TK Blount (Gadsden, Ala.) led a spread attack for the Wolves with 14 points, while Taylor Thigpen (Tampa, Fla.) and Sherricka Sims (Lawrenceville, Ga.) both contributed 10. Sims and Thigpen also paced the rebounding with seven each. Rosine Nguenowou (Cameroon) also had a strong defensive game with five steals.
Grant's monster fourth quarter gave her an eye-popping 19 points, 19 rebounds, and six blocks. Lado was the most consistent Scottie on the night with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Nash-Fuller got in double-digits with 11.
Agnes Scott outrebounded the Wolves 51-41 but kept their opponents within striking distance by making just 9-of-21 at the charity stripe.
The Scotties (2-12, 1-4 USA South), winners of their first game since the season opener, will look to keep things heading in the right direction with a trip to Brenau on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tip. Wesleyan falls to 2-7 on the season and 0-4 in the conference. They'll take on Pensacola Christian on Thursday at 6 p.m.
- Agnes Scott College announced the appointment of its ninth president, Leocadia "Lee" I. Zak, on Tuesday. More information can be found HERE.