No. 18 DePauw outlasts Panthers’ late-game rally, 75-67

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Despite a late-game rally to cut the lead to four, the Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team fell to No. 18 DePauw University, 75-67, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Tigers move to 18-3 with the win, while the Panthers fall to 12-9.

BSC senior Elyse Clay hit the first shot of the game for the Panthers’ only lead of the game, after which DePauw jumped out to an 8-2 lead. BSC cut the lead back to two on a free throw from senior Fredreka Burrell and a three-pointer from sophomore Courtney Gibson, and stayed within five points of DePauw until the 8:38 mark, when the Tigers pulled ahead by seven and then 10 on a pair of free throws and a three from Laura Goff.

BSC responded with a three from sophomore Katelyn Wilson to cut it to seven, 22-15, but DePauw used a 7-1 run to go up by 13, 29-16, with 4:25 left in the half. BSC cut it to nine at one point after that, but the Tigers led by 14, 34-20, at the half.

DePauw expanded its lead to 18, 38-20, in the first minute of the second half on a jumper from Katie Mathews and a pair of free throws from Andrea Travelstead, but BSC answered with seven straight points to cut it to 11, 38-27, at the 16:35 mark. DePauw consistently stayed ahead of the Panthers, with BSC only coming as close as nine, 44-35, with 13:04 left to play, until the final five minutes of the game.

The Panthers cut it to eight, 61-53, at the 5:39 mark, but the teams kept trading baskets. BSC was able to cut it to seven, 69-62, with 1:34 left to play on a pair of free throws from Gibson, and cut it to four, 71-67, with 34 seconds left on a jumper from Burrell. However, they were not able to come any closer, and DePauw hit four free throws down the stretch to increase the lead to eight, 75-67, before the final buzzer.

Wilson posted a career- and game-high 22 points, while Gibson recorded 12 and Harbor posted 10. Harbor was also impressive with a career- and game-high 16 rebounds, as well as five assists and five steals.

Goff led DePauw with 16 points, and Emily Marshall scored 12 points. Katie Aldrich led the Tigers with 11 rebounds, and Kathryn Denbow led with four assists.

The Panthers struggled offensively, shooting 31.9 percent (22-of-69) from the field and 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from three-point range. BSC was 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the free throw line, the second-highest showing of the year.

DePauw shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59) overall, 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from three, and 87 percent (20-of-23) at the stripe.

The Tigers out-rebounded the Panthers, 45-39, but committed 21 turnovers to BSC’s 14.

BSC is at home for the last time this season this Sunday, Feb. 8, taking on Centre College at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle. Prior to the game, seniors Burrell, Elyse Clay, and Harbor will be recognized.