BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team held on down the stretch tonight to defeat Hendrix College, 77-69, in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers move to 12-8, while the Warriors fall to 10-10.
BSC led for most of the first half, battling to lead by six, twice, before Hendrix tied things up, 26-26, at the 2:38 mark on a three-pointer from Amanda Morris. A free throw from senior Fredreka Burrell and a three-pointer from sophomore Courtney Gibson put the Panthers back up by four, but two free throws from Morris cut the lead to two with 1:47 left in the half. BSC freshman C.J. Dake hit a jumper to put the Panthers up 32-28, and they took the lead into the halftime break.
The Panthers held on to their lead until the 17:25 mark of the second half when a three-pointer from Katy Ashley Pauley tied things up, 37-37. A three from Chelsey White less than 20 seconds later would give Hendrix its first lead since the 16:24 mark of the first half when the Warriors led 11-9.
BSC tied things up twice after that point until the Warriors used an 11-3 run to go up by eight, 57-49, for the largest lead, for either team, of the game with 8:35 left to play. The Panthers responded with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to one, capped off by a three-pointer from freshman Erin Jackson, but Hendrix responded with another three from Morris to put the Warriors up four, 60-56, with 6:18 left on the clock.
Jackson and Morris traded three-pointers again before the Panthers were able to tie it up, 63-63, and then take the lead, 64-63, at the 3:27 mark, courtesy of a pair of free throws from sophomore Katelyn Wilson. White then hit two free throws of her own to put Hendrix back up by one, 65-64, with 3:09 left to play, but the Panthers took over the lead for good at the 2:26 mark when senior Danielle Harbor sank two free throws, putting BSC up 67-65.
Hendrix's only bucket after that point was a single free throw from Samantha Clark at the 1:27 mark, and BSC was able to build the lead up to eight on free throws alone, 77-69, by the end of the game for the victory.
Gibson led all players with 17 points, while senior Elyse Clay posted 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Harbor was also in double digits with 11 points and dished out seven assists.
For the Warriors, Morris and Christina Byler led with 14 points apiece, White chipped in 13, and Clark had 10. Byler and Lindsay Merrit pulled down seven boards apiece.
The Panthers shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the field, 50 percent (7-of-14) from three-point range, and 62.5 percent (20-of-32) at the free throw line; Hendrix shot 41.1 percent (23-of-56) overall, 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from three, and 76.5 (13-of-17) at the stripe.
The Warriors out-rebounded BSC, 36-34, but committed 17 turnovers to the Panthers' season-low 12.
BSC is back at home next weekend for the last time this season, facing No. 23 DePauw University, Friday at 8 p.m., and Centre College, Sunday at 3 p.m.