DECATUR, Ga. - Agnes Scott basketball rolled through the second half of their USA South matchup with Wesleyan College (Ga.), taking down the Wolves, 65-50, behind 19 point efforts from Garis Grant and Jalexis Teemer. The win gives the Scotties (2-7, 1-2 USA South) their first win in their new conference this season, while the Wolves (1-10, 0-3 USA South) will have to wait for another time for their first conference win.
In the first half of play, both teams struggled with their accuracy from the floor, as Wesleyan shot 7-for-29 (24.1%) from the field, and Agnes Scott went 9-for-31 (29.0%). Wesleyan converted on 9 free throws in the first half, and used that to build a 2-point advantage heading into the locker room.
In the third quarter, the teams exchanged baskets until the 4:18 mark, when Agnes Scott's bench was issued a technical foul. After Wesleyan went 1-for-2 from the line to give themselves a 30-29 lead, the Scotties caught fire as they forced a turnover and Teemer found Grant under the basket for the one point lead. The Scotties would never trail again in the game. With the shot clock winding down at the 3:04 mark, Ashley Park weaved her way through the Wolves' defense for a layup to give the Scotties a 33-30 lead and from there it was all Agnes Scott, as they outscored the Wolves by 11 in the final stanza to thwart any hopes of a comeback.
"We gutted out a tough win tonight," commented Scottie head coach Allison Kern. "This was a total team effort."
Rebounding helped the Scotties throughout, as they outrebounded the Wolves, 58-36. Grant finished with 19 points and 24 rebounds, 19 of which were on the defensive end, preventing the Wolves from second-chance points. Laniqua Collins, who would also finish with a double-double, pulled down 11 rebounds to go along with 12 points.
The Scotties look to continue their winning ways as they head back on the road this weekend, with road games at Salem (1/14, 4 pm) and Piedmont (1/15, 2 pm). Video for both games will be available through their opponent's websites, and links are provided on Agnes Scott College's website.