Rhodes girls’s basketball earned their fifth Southern Athletic Affiliation Match title Saturday night with a 66-52 victory over co-regular season champion and host, No. 6-ranked Millsaps. Rhodes continues to carry extra SAA event championship groups than another girls’s basketball program within the convention’s historical past, incomes championships in 2019, 2015, 2014 and 2013.
After defeating No. 5-ranked Oglethorpe within the semifinals Friday, the Lynx opened the championship sport with a three-pointer from senior Caroline Taylor on their strategy to an 18-12 first quarter benefit. Rhodes completed the primary half with a 14-point benefit (31-17) after making the most of 12 Millsaps turnovers and outscoring the Majors 13-5 within the second quarter. The Lynx opened that body with seven straight factors together with back-to-back treys from Libby Lengthy. Three of Millsaps’ 5 factors got here from past the arc.
The Majors got here out of the break sizzling, scoring 10 factors in a row to tug inside six of the Lynx. A 9-1 Millsaps run pulled the hosts inside one with 5:42 to go within the third quarter. Rhodes staved off the Majors to carry a 47-42 lead headed into the ultimate body. Millsaps shot 69.2 % from the sphere with a 25-16 scoring benefit, led by Devan Walker’s 3-of-3 from the arc. For Rhodes, Allie Mayeux went 2-of-3 from the arc and 4-of-6 within the area.
Rhodes broke open the sport as soon as once more with 9 unanswered factors to guide 56-42 with 4:13 to play. Rhodes held the Majors to simply 10 factors throughout the quarter as they took as huge as an 18-point lead within the sport.
Rhodes edged Millsaps in taking pictures share, however sank 18 free throws in comparison with the Majors’ eight. Mayeux and Kiera Downey performed all 40 minutes of the sport the place 5 Lynx posted double digits. Mayeux led the sport with 17 factors going 6-of-13 within the area whereas totaling a Lynx-high eight rebounds. Taylor completed the sport with 13 factors adopted by Downey with 12 factors, 4 assists and three steals. Lengthy, who went 3-of-6 from lengthy vary, and Catherline Althoff every tallied 10 factors within the win. Mayeux additionally added two blocks.
On the finish of the sport, Alli Mayeux was named to the All-Match crew whereas Kiera Downey was tabbed MVP of the event.
The Lynx completed the season 10-3, went undefeated at dwelling (4-0), and completed the season profitable six of their final seven video games.
2021 SAA Ladies’s Basketball All-Match Crew:
Savannah LeGate – Oglethorpe
Ellen Hicks – Centre
Taelor Manning – Millsaps
Dia Fortenberry – Millsaps
Alli Mayeux – Rhodes
Kiera Downey – Rhodes (MVP)