SHERMAN, Texas – The Birmingham-Southern (10-7) women posted a thrilling 60-54 win in the closing minutes over the Roos of Austin College (6-10) Friday night.
The first half both teams matched each other almost bucket-for-bucket. Both teams shot well from the floor, the Panthers shooting 44- and the Roos shooting 46-percent for the half. The difference in the score came at the free-throw line. Austin shot a perfect 8-of-8 while the best the Panthers could muster was 4-of-10. The differential allowed the Roos to take a slim 31-28 advantage into the lockers.
The Panthers got the evener on the opening play of the second half thanks to a three from #Erin Jackson#. The teams continued to trade baskets for the rest of the game. The score was tied 48-all with five minutes to play when an Austin foul sent #Elyse Clay# to the line for two. She buried both to send the Panthers up two. One offensive rebound later Clay gave the Panthers their largest lead of the game with a fade-away jumper from the paint, 52-48. A pair of missed opportunities allowed the Roos to re-tie the game at 52 with 2:49 remaining.
#Fredreka Burrell# received her fourth personal foul early in the half, so one of the most potent weapons in the Panther arsenal was unavailable for much of remainder of the game. She checked back into the game with 1:39 remaining, the Panthers up two, 54-52. On her first trip to the offensive end she drew a foul which resulted in another point to the Panther lead, now three, with just over a minute to play. Austin missed a jumper on a strong defensive stand from BSC, sending #Danielle Harbor# to the line with 31 seconds left. She hit the front-end of the one-and-one sending the BSC lead into two-possession territory with 28 seconds to play, 56-52.
The Roos’ Kersti Marusich hit a pair of free-throws with 21 seconds. A foul away from the ball sent 25 to the line for the one-and-one, she nailed both to regain the four-point advantage for ‘Southern. A stolen pass on the next play by 14 and her resulting two free-throws put the game firmly out of the Roos’ reach, 60-54 with 11 seconds on the clock.
The Panthers were led by Elyse Clay with 13 points and eight rebounds. Erin Jackson also had a good day on the offensive end with 12 points of her own to add to the BSC total. Fredreka Burrell scored only one point in the second half, giving her 10 for the foul-shortened night. Katy Williams led the Roos with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
BSC shot 41-percent from the floor, going 20-of-49; 39-percent from three (7-of-18); and 57-percent from the charity stripe (13-of-23). Austin posted 33-percent from the floor, 33 from behind the arc, and 100-percent from the line, going 18-of-18.
The Panthers will look to make it three in a row on Sunday as they travel to Colorado Springs to take on the Tigers of Colorado College. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Central time.