Friday, February 26, 2010

Rhodes defeats Austin College 57-42 to Advance to the SCAC Women's Semifinals for the First time since 2007

Rhodes College pulled the first upset of the 2010 SCAC Women's Basketball Tournament as the third-seed from the East Division upended the West Division second-seed Austin College, 57-42, Friday afternoon on the campus of Belhaven University.

Next up for the Lynx is a match-up with 17th-ranked DePauw University, the top seed who defeated Southwestern University, 81-43, the game before. Saturday's first semifinal tips at 5 p.m. CT.

Rhodes (14-12) was led by Becky Atnip, who finished with a game-high 15 points and teammates Becca Clarin and Sharwil Bell followed with 14 points each. Clarin added eight rebounds and was 4-for-6 form three point range.

Although neither team shot the ball particularly well - Austin College shot 31.5% to Rhodes' 30.2% - the Lynx used a full court press that forced the 'Roos in 20 turnovers. Rhodes also held Austin College to 2-for-20 shooting (10%) from beyond the three-point arc after the 'Roos led the SCAC in three-point shooting (37%) during the regular season.

Rhodes led 27-19 at the half.

Austin College, which ends its season with an 18-8 mark, was led by senior Katy Williams, who had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Williams ends her career as the league's all-time leading rebounder with 1,083. Her 320 rebounds this season are the most ever in a SCAC single-season by a women's player.

After the game SCAC Director of Communications Russell Kramer caught up with both head coaches and senior guard Becky Atnip of Rhodes.

To listen to Austin College head coach Deb Hunter, click here.

To listen to Rhodes head coach Matt Dean, click here.

To listen to senior guard Becky Atnip, click here.

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