JACKSON, Miss. (Feb. 22, 2019) – Three of the top four teams advanced Friday in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Women's Basketball Tournament quarterfinals.
No. 1 Millsaps 69, No. 8 Hendrix 55
Led by 17 points from Millicent Butler and 14 from Dia Fortenberry, top-seed and host Millsaps opened the SAA Quarterfinals with a 69-55 win over No. 8 seed Hendrix. The Majors were paced by their defense after the purple and white limited the Warriors to a 31.0 field goal percentage. Guard Serena Pruitt led Hendrix with 14 points and eight rebounds.
No. 4 Rhodes 63, No. 5 Birmingham-Southern 43
A big fourth quarter led Rhodes to a 20-point win over Birmingham-Southern. With the score 40-36, the Lynx outscored the Panthers 23-7 the final 10 minutes. Allie Young led Rhodes with 16 points and nine rebounds while fellow starter Lindsey Whiteside added 12 points and seven boards. The Lynx also outrebounded the Panthers, 49-29.
Senior guard Christian McGowan paced BSC with 12 points.
No. 2 Oglethorpe 61, No. 7 Sewanee 56
Ahead by three midway through the third quarter, 2018 SAA Tournament champion Oglethorpe hit three quick three-point shots that extended its lead to 15 points. From there, the Stormy Petrels held off a pesky Sewanee team to advance to Saturday's semifinals.
The Tigers pulled to within four with less than 30 seconds remaining, however, OU advanced.
OU was paced by Jada Pickett, who scored 15 points. In her final game, senior Bella Taylor led Sewanee with 12 points.
No. 6 Centre 57, No. 3 Berry 44
After a slow, Centre end strong as the Colonels rallied back to defeat Berry. The Colonels were led by Kat Wilson, who finished with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
The Colonels shot 44 percent from the floor while limiting Berry to a 27.6 mark. Freshman Mary Walters led the Vikings with 14 points.