BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team dropped a tough one this evening, losing in overtime to Sewanee, 66-63, in Bill Battle Coliseum. With the loss, the Panthers fall to 8-3, breaking a five-game winning streak, and the Tigers earn their first win of the season to move to 1-7.
Play was back-and-forth in the first half, with the lead changing hands six times. Sewanee’s largest lead of the half came at the 18:59 mark when they went up by four, 6-2, and BSC’s largest lead was at the 6:14 mark when a lay-up from senior Danielle Harbor put the Panthers up six, 25-19.
BSC held the lead from the 8:38 mark of the first half until a free throw shot from Sewanee’s Anne Wills with four seconds left in the half tied things up, 30-30, and the teams took the tie into the halftime break.
The teams traded three-pointers to open the second half as Sewanee’s Lauren Gulley put the Tigers up 33-30, BSC sophomore Katelyn Wilson answered to tie things up, Gulley hit another to put Sewanee back up 36-33, BSC freshman Erin Jackson tied it up again, 36-36, and the Tigers’ Carla Smiley hit a three to put Sewanee up 39-36, all in the first two minutes of the half.
BSC came back and went up by four for its largest lead of the half, 43-39, at the 15:52 mark, before Sewanee put together a 16-1 run to go up by 11, 55-44, at the 9:24 mark.
BSC answered with a 14-3 run to go up by one, 59-58, on a free throw by Wilson with 57 ticks left on the clock, but BSC committed a foul on the other end of the court, sending Gulley to the line where she hit one of the two to tie things up. The Tigers pulled down the rebound off the missed free throw but turned the ball over, giving BSC a chance with two seconds left, but the Panthers were unable to score, sending the game to overtime.
Sewanee got the jump ball to open overtime, but Wilson stole the ball and senior Fredreka Burrell made a lay-up to put BSC up 61-59 in the first 30 seconds of play. Neither team scored again until the 3:28 mark when Sewanee’s Dani Kabbes made one of her two free throw shots to cut the lead to one, but Burrell also hit a free throw at 3:08 to put the Panthers back up by two, 62-60.
With 2:14 left to play, Kabbes made a lay-up to tie things up for the ninth time of the game, but senior Elyse Clay made a free throw at the 1:51 mark to put BSC up 63-62. At the 37-second mark, Kabbes went to the free throw line again, this time making both, to put the Tigers up by one, 64-63. Less than 30 seconds later, with 13 seconds left to play, BSC sent Kabbes to the line again, where she made both again, to put Sewanee up 66-63. Clay got off a three-pointer for BSC as the clock wound down, but couldn’t connect, and the Tigers picked up their first win of the season.
Burrell led BSC with a career-high 17 points as well as nine rebounds, and Jackson joined her in double-figures with 11 points. Freshman C.J. Dake led BSC on the boards with 10 rebounds, Burrell and Harbor led with three assists apiece, and Wilson led with four steals.
Gulley led Sewanee in scoring with 15 points, Anne Wills recorded 13, and Kabbes posted 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Carla Smiley led with five assists, and Jamie Robinson had two steals.
BSC shot 38 percent from the floor, going 24-of-64 on the night, and went 26 percent from three and 10-of-17 from the line. Sewanee shot 34 percent from the field, 56 percent from three – hitting 14 on the night – and 70-percent from the line.
The Panthers will return to action this Sunday to host the eighth-ranked Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe University. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Bill Battle Coliseum, immediately following the men’s game at 1 p.m.