DECATUR, Ga. - In a back and forth affair at home, Agnes Scott basketball eventually fell down the stretch, as Salem (6-12, 3-5 USA South) claimed a 58-53 win over the Scotties (2-12, 1-7 USA South) in a pivotal contest in both teams' first season in the conference.
The Scotties caught fire early, as they raced to a 7 point lead midway through the opening period. Jalexis Teemer had 9 of her team-high 18 points in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer with 52 seconds to play, which gave the Scotties a 17-10 lead. Mikayla Seivers of the Spirits, who would finish with a game-high 23 points, scored on a drive to the basket to bring the Spirits within 5 points at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, both teams struggled to find their rhythm offensively, and Salem cut into the Scottie lead, heading into halftime down by three. Anna Weimerskirch led the Scotties, scoring 5 of the team's 9 points in the quarter.
The second half saw many lead changes, as both teams went on scoring runs, and the game was knotted at 53 Garis Grant converted an offensive rebound into a layup with 1:43 to play. Seivers countered 23 seconds later with a 3-pointer, her third of the game, and the Scotties would fail to score the rest of the way, as Salem took out the Scotties in a tight contest for the second time this season, as they fell on the road to Salem on the road, 65-61.
Teemer and Grant would both finish with 18 points, and Grant had her 9th double-double of the season, grabbing 11 rebounds. Weimerskirch finished with 12 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for the Scotties, giving her a double-double for the second time in her collegiate career, both of them coming against the Spirits. Agnes Scott outrebounded Salem, 52-44.
The Scotties will try to rebound on Sunday, as they host Piedmont College at 2:00 p.m.