Strong second half lifts Panthers to victory against Millsaps, 66-47

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team improved its record to 11-8 with a 66-47 win against Millsaps College, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum. Millsaps falls to 9-10 with the loss.

The Majors led by a small margin for much of the first half, and the teams tied six times before BSC sophomore Courtney Gibson sank a three-pointer with about a minute left in the half to give the Panthers a 30-27 halftime lead.

The Panthers opened the second half with a 14-0 run and led by 19, 48-29, by the 15-minute mark. BSC maintained control for the remainder of the game, with Millsaps only coming as close as 16 three different times.

Gibson led the Panthers with 12 points, and sophomore Katelyn Wilson recorded 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including a 3-of-3 showing from beyond the arc. Senior Elyse Clay led with seven rebounds, and senior Danielle Harbor led with four assists and three steals.

For Millsaps, Crystal Dickerson posted 18 points, while LaReina Adams and Jessica Bowie led with seven boards apiece. Bowie also picked up four blocks.

BSC shot 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the field, 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from three-point range, and 50 percent (4-of-8) at the free throw line. Millsaps struggled offensively, shooting 29.3 percent (17-of-58) overall, 11.1 percent (1-of-9) from beyond the arc, and 66.7 percent (12-of-18) at the stripe.

The Panthers out-rebounded the Majors, 44-38. Millsaps committed 17 turnovers to BSC's 15.

Birmingham-Southern is back in action tomorrow, facing Hendrix College at 6 p.m. in Bill Battle.