BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Led by sophomore Courtney Gibson with 12 points, the Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team was victorious in its season opener, defeating Rust College, 89-62, Saturday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.
After a 2-2 tie in the opening minute, the Panthers pulled ahead on a three-pointer by freshman Erin Jackson and never looked back, going up 19-2 at the 13:51 mark, then 28-10 at the 8:48 mark, 42-16 at the 4:10 mark, and led 49-24 at the half.
Gibson scored all 12 of her points in the first half, while McKenna Gosa led the Lady Bearcats with six points in the first half.
BSC kept scoring in the second half, going up by 30, 57-27, at the 18:16 mark, and then 31, 81-50, at the 6:28 mark for the largest lead of the game, before eventually winning by 27.
Jackson was also in double digits with 11 points, and senior Elyse Clay scored 10 points. Five different Panthers – senior Danielle Harbor, freshman Haley Stracener, freshman C.J. Dake, Gibson, and Clay – led with five rebounds apiece, and Harbor led with four assists. Jackson also recorded two blocks, and freshman Monecia Miller had three steals.
For Rust, Breanne Viverette led with 17 points, followed by Tremelanie McFadden with 15 and Gosa and Katrina Overby with 10 apiece. Overby also led with a game-high eight rebounds and three steals.
The Panthers shot 46.5 percent (33-of-71) from the field, 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from beyond the arc, and 70 percent (14-of-20) from the free throw line. The Lady Bearcats shot 33.8 percent (24-of-71) from the field, 25 percent (5-of-20) on three-pointers, and 45 percent (9-of-20) at the line.
BSC is back in action at home this Monday, Nov. 17, taking on Louisiana College at 7 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.