BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Fueled by a 22-point career-high performance from senior Danielle Harbor on Senior Day, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team defeated Centre College, 76-75, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers move to 13-9, while the Colonels drop to 15-7.
Centre scored first in the game and would lead by a small margin – never more than five – until the 13:22 mark, when a three-pointer by sophomore Courtney Gibson tied things up, 14-14. The teams traded baskets and played to four more ties after that point, but the Panthers began to pull ahead near the end of the half, going up by as much as eight, twice, before taking a 46-41 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the first 10 minutes of the second half, BSC stayed tied with or ahead of Centre, until the 9:54 mark when a three-pointer from Maggie Prewitt gave the Colonels a 57-54 lead, their first lead since the 6:53 mark of the first half. Two free throws from Prewitt put Centre up by five, but two three-pointers – one from freshman Erin Jackson and one from Harbor – put the Panthers back up by one, 69-59, with 8:04 left in the game.
The lead changed six times after that point, the last one coming at the 3:04 mark on a layup from BSC freshman C.J. Dake to put the Panthers up 70-68. Two free throws from Chelsea Goodman tied things up again, 70-70, and another basket from Harbor gave BSC the 72-70 lead with 1:56 remaining.
The teams traded free throws after that, and a layup from Amanda Stovall at the 1:01 mark tied it up for the 13th and final time of the game, 73-73. With 45 seconds left, Dake made another basket and was fouled and hit her free throw to put BSC up three, 76-73. A BSC foul on the other end of the court sent Stovall to the line, where she hit both, cutting the lead to 76-75 and prompting a Centre timeout with 15 seconds left in the game.
After the timeout, BSC sophomore Katelyn Wilson was quickly fouled by Centre, but she missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Colonels got the rebound. Centre wasn't able to score in the waning seconds, though, and the Panthers came away with the win.
Harbor led the Panthers with a career-high 22 points, while Gibson had 18 and Jackson scored 12. Senior Elyse Clay led with nine rebounds, and Harbor also dished out a game-high eight assists.
Goodman led all players with 28 points for Centre, and Prewitt and Stovall recorded 16 and 15 points, respectively. Lauren Huter led on the boards with seven rebounds, and Goodman also led the Colonels with five assists.
The Panthers shot 48.3 percent (29-of-60) for the game, 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from three, and 75 percent (9-of-12) at the line; the Colonels shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field, 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from beyond the arc, and 88.9 percent (24-of-27) at the stripe.
Centre committed 17 turnovers to BSC's 11, and had 31 rebounds to the Panthers' 30.
BSC is on the road for the remainder of the season, traveling next weekend to face Sewanee, Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in Sewanee, Tenn., and Oglethorpe, Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. in Atlanta.