BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team moved to 14-9 on the season, Friday, with a 62-53 win on the road against Sewanee. The Tigers fall to 4-17 with the loss.
Sewanee got on the board first, going up 5-0 to start the game and jumping out to an 8-1 lead before the Panthers fought back with nine straight points to take a 10-8 lead at the 11:56 mark. Sewanee tied things up 10-10 after that, but BSC pulled ahead again for good, leading by as much as 12 before taking a 29-19 lead into the half.
The Tigers hit two shots, a layup and a three-pointer, to open the second half, cutting the lead to five, 29-24, within the first minute, but a three from sophomore #Courtney Gibson# and a jumper from sophomore #Katelyn Wilson# quickly put BSC back up by 10, 34-24. After that point, the Panthers steadily built the lead up to as much as 24, 57-33, at the 8:41 mark. Sewanee was able to cut the lead back to single digits down the stretch, cutting it to nine, 58-49, at the 1:10 mark, and then seven, 60-53, with 15 seconds left, but Wilson sank two free throws with 14 seconds left to put BSC back up by nine for the win.
Wilson led the Panthers with 14 points and three blocks, while Gibson posted 13 and freshman #Sam Davidson# scored 11. Senior #Elyse Clay# led on the boards with eight rebounds, and senior #Danielle Harbor# dished out a game-high six assists.
Carla Smiley led Sewanee with a game-high 18 points, and Kelly Morrison led with six rebounds for the Tigers.
BSC shot 39.0 percent (23-of-59) from the field, 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from three-point range, and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) at the free throw line; Sewanee shot 30 percent (18-of-60) overall, 30.4 percent (7-of-23) from three, and 90.9 percent (10-of-11) at the stripe.
The Panthers out-rebounded the Tigers, 43-36, and turnovers were even at 18 apiece.
BSC stays on the road to face No. 5 Oglethorpe this Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. ET in Atlanta.