BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Despite leading in the first half by double digits, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team fell to conference foe Trinity University, 76-67, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum. Trinity moves to 10-3, while BSC drops to 8-7 with its fifth straight loss.
BSC jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the game and led for the entire first half, going up by as much as 11, 32-21, at the 5:21 mark. But the Tigers closed the half with a 13-3 run to cut the Panthers' lead to only one, 35-34, at the half.
Trinity tied things up for the first time, 35-35, at the 19:50 mark of the second half on a free throw from Krista Prato Matthews, and found its first lead of the game, 41-40, at the 16:27 mark on a pair of free throws by Abby Dietert.
The teams traded baskets several times before the Tigers took over the lead for good, 50-48, with 13:20 left to play. After that point, Trinity went on a 14-2 run to go up by 14, 64-50, at the seven-minute mark. The Tigers led by as much as 17, twice, down the stretch, and the Panthers put together a 10-2 run at the end of the half, but it wasn't enough and Trinity took the nine-point victory.
Prato Matthews led Trinity with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Ali Marzella was also in double figures with 16 points, Dietert scored 14, and Danielle Hubenak posted 11. Hubenak also led with a game-high eight assists, and Prato Matthews also had three blocks.
For BSC, sophomore Courtney Gibson led with 17 points, senior Elyse Clay posted 12, and senior Danielle Harbor scored 10. Clay also recorded a double-double, her third of the season, with 10 rebounds. Harbor led the Panthers with six assists.
Trinity shot nearly 52 percent (27-of-52) for the game, including a 14-of-23 (60.9 percent) showing in the second half. The Tigers were 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc and 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line.
BSC struggled from the field, going 24-of-70 (34.3 percent) overall, 11-of-34 (32.4 percent) on three-pointers, and 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) at the stripe.
The Tigers out-rebounded the Panthers, 44-35, but committed five more turnovers than BSC with 18.
The Panthers are at home again tomorrow, taking on Southwestern University at 6 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.