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Second Half Rally Falls Short, Scotties Fall 65-63

Second Half Rally Falls Short, Scotties Fall 65-63

DECATUR, Ga. - Despite rallying from a 14 point halftime deficit, the Agnes Scott basketball team fell to Rust College, 65-63, at home this afternoon.  The Scotties (4-11) were led by Jalexis Teemer, who bucketed 18 points, and Brittaney Howard, who added a season-high 17.

The game was one of wildly swaying fortunes, as Rust (6-15) would race to a 22-8 lead with 5:52 to play in the first half, and would hold that lead until halftime, heading to the locker room with a 33-19 lead behind 9 points from Keandra Rudgley, who would finish with 15.

The second half would start just the opposite, and with much more offense from the Scotties, who would chip away at the lead until a Teemer 3-pointer gave them their first lead of the game at 46-44 with 9:25 remaining in the game.  A Care Bacon jumper would give them their biggest lead of the half at 59-52, and it looked as if the Scotties were firmly in the driver's seat.  However, Rudgley and Kala Williams would put Rust back into the contest, scoring all of their team's points in a 10-3 run to bring the score even once again at 62-62.

After a Suzzette Suggs layup would extend the Rust lead to 65-62, Bacon made a free throw for the Scotties with 11 seconds left to bring the game within two points.  Her second free throw would miss, but the Scotties retained possession.  Unfortunately for the Scotties, Suggs would manage to steal the ball with 8 seconds left, sealing the Scotties' fate.

In addition to Howard and Teemer, the Scotties had two other players in double figures.  Kisha Simpson, who remains in the top 100 rebounders in the nation in Division III, had another double-double as she bucketed 12 points and pulled down 17 rebounds.  Bacon also had a double-double, scoring 10 points and hauling in 11 rebounds, while also dishing out a game-high 7 assists.

The Scotties will return to the court on Saturday, February 7 when they head to Covenant College for a 2:00 p.m. contest.