Taylor sets new single-season scoring record as Sewanee’s season ends with loss to OU
Posted By Andy Southard | February 27, 2017 6:07 am
Last Updated: February 27, 2017 at 6:08 am
Despite a record-setting day by sophomore student-athlete Bella Taylor, the Sewanee women’s basketball team’s season came to an end Friday, as the Tigers lost to Oglethorpe 88-62 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament.
The Tigers’ season comes to a close with a 9-16 overall record. Despite having a young roster that featured only two seniors, Savannah Rose and Haley Lyerly, the Tigers finished fifth in the SAA regular season.
Individually, Taylor finished with 14 points against Oglethorpe. That gave the sophomore from Sparta, Tenn., 505 points this season. With that, Taylor broke the program’s single-season scoring record, which was held by Kim Valek. Valek’s record has stood since 1987.
Oglethorpe set the pace early outscoring the Tigers 21-13 in the first quarter. The Stormy Petrels stayed red-hot over the next 10 minutes. OU went 11-for-14 in the second quarter, which extended its advantage to 24 points by halftime.
From there, OU never looked back. The Stormy Petrels shot 56.9 percent of the game which allowed OU to build its largest lead, 31 points, with 8:57 to play.
After being one of the top offensive teams in the SAA regular season, Sewanee struggled from the floor on Friday making only 36.4 percent of its attempts.
Along with Taylor’s 14 points, Hannah McCormack finished in double figures with 16 points. Rose added six points and four rebounds while Corey Caulder pitched in five points and five boards.
SAA Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Ransom led OU with 18 points and six rebounds.
The Stormy Petrels advance to play host Birmingham-Southern in the semifinals on Saturday.
Taylor headlines three Tigers on All-SAA Teams
ATLANTA (Feb. 24, 2017) – Led by sophomore Bella Taylor, the Sewanee women’s basketball team had three student-athletes named to All-Southern Athletic Association (SAA) postseason teams the league announced, Friday.
Taylor was named to the All-SAA First-Team while sophomore Sue Kim and junior Hannah McCormack earned All-SAA Second-Team honors. Taylor is the first Tiger women’s basketball student-athlete to be named an all-conference first-team selection since Jen Bulkeley Staats earned All-SCAC First-Team honors in 1999-2000.
As one of the top two offensive players in the league, Taylor led the SAA in scoring at 20.5 points per game. The sophomore guard also ranked first in the SAA in minutes played, three-point field goal percentage (41.5), and total field goals.
Additionally, Taylor was fourth overall in field goal percentage at 47.6 percent. She was the only non-post player that was ranked in the top-five. The Sparta, Tenn., native also finished the regular season fifth in assists (72), third in steals (56), and 20th in rebounds (4.5 per game).
In her second season for the Tigers, Kim also played well. Kim led the league in assists from the start with an average of 4.2 per game. Her 101 total assists also ranked first while her 68 steals topped the league. Additionally, Kim ranked fourth in assist to turnover ratio and 27th (6.5 ppg) in scoring.
The third Tiger guard, McCormack, returned to the lineup and averaged 11.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. McCormack ranked eighth in the SAA in scoring while ranking sixth in field goal percentage at 45.0 percent.
For the second consecutive season, Sara Dyslin of Hendrix was named the SAA Player of the Year. Oglethorpe’s Lauren Ransom was named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year while Emilee Olsen of Birmingham-Southern was named the SAA Newcomer of the Year. BSC’s Mike Ricks, who led the Panthers to the 2016-17 SAA Regular Season Championships, was named the SAA Coach of the Year.