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Balanced Effort Leads 'Roos Past Rhodes

Photo by Joe Fusco |
Photo by Joe Fusco |

Five players scored in double figures for the Austin College women's basketball team as the 'Roos topped Rhodes College 72-61 on Thursday evening in Memphis. The 'Roos improve to 4-2 overall this season with the victory.

Bryce Frank just missed out on a triple-double in the win, scoring 10 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists to lead the way, while Kendall Heitmeier and Ann Savage each scored 13 to pace the 'Roos. Heitmeier added 10 rebounds, and Olivia Bailey also nearly noted a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Things were going back and forth early between the two teams before three consecutive three pointers from Olivia Cicci opened things up, pushing the Austin College lead to 16-7 late in the first quarter, and the 'Roos would take an 18-7 lead into the second. Austin College would push the lead to 13 on a basket by Bailey to make it 39-26, and the 'Roos held a 41-33 edge at the break.

Rhodes battled back throughout the second half and got to within two points at 63-61 with 3:09 left in the fourth quarter, but a basket from Heitmeier and a triple from Savage kicked off a 9-0 run to end the game and seal the victory for the 'Roos.

Caitlyn Collins chipped in 12 points and Cicci finished the game connecting on 3-of-3 from long range to finish with nine points. Austin College hit 10-of-21 three pointers as a team in the win.