ROME, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2016) – A quick start in both the first and third quarters pushed Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Berry to a 76-68 victory over the Sewanee women's basketball team, Sunday, inside the Cage Center.
Berry got off to a great start after an early 14-6 run over the first five minutes of the first quarter. An 8-2 run by the Tigers over the next two minutes pulled Sewanee to within five, 19-14.
However, a three by Peyton Howell pushed the Vikings back ahead by eight, 22-14, with just over a minute left in the opening 10 minutes.
Sewanee finally settled in at the beginning of the second quarter. A three by Sue Kim opened an 8-2 run by the Tigers, which led to a 24-24 tie. From there, both teams continued to trade scores over the next seven minutes.
With the score knotted at 33-33 after a Bella Taylor layup, Berry closed the quarter on a 6-2 run.
Ahead by four, 39-35, to start the second half, Berry used its defense to build its lead in the third quarter. The Vikings eventually outscored Sewanee by four, 17-13, in the third after the Vikings forced seven Tiger turnovers and limited Sewanee to a 31.3 field goal percentage.
Both teams then scored 20 points the final 10 minutes of the contest.
Despite struggling from the floor in the third quarter, Sewanee still managed to make 40.3 percent of its shots. However, Berry was better from the field as the Vikings made 48.1 percent of their attempts.
Individually, Taylor led Sewanee with a career-high 30 points, seven assists, and four rebounds. The freshman from Sparta, Tenn., finished 10-for-17 from the floor.
Classmate Corey Caulder also finished in double figures with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Guard Imani Smith led four Berry players in double figures with 22 points to go along with six rebounds. Megan Cassey (18), Zarriah Pierce (12), and Peyton Howell (11) also finished with at least 10 points.
After four straight road games to close January, Sewanee returns to action with a 6:00 p.m. home game Friday against Millsaps.