BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Hampered by turnovers, the Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team lost to Louisiana College, 71-63, Monday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers fall to 1-1, while the Lady Wildcats start their season at 1-0.
Play was even for the first half of the game, with the teams changing leads eight times and neither team leading by more than six. Louisiana College led 31-27 at the half after the game was tied four times in the last five minutes of the half.
The Lady Wildcats came out firing in the second half, quickly building up to an 11-point 39-28 lead in the first three minutes. The Panthers clawed back to cut the lead to one, 47-46, at the 12:10 mark on a layup and a free throw from senior Danielle Harbor, but LC put together a 9-0 run to go back up by 10, 56-46, with 9:36 left to play.
The closest the Panthers came after that point was cutting the lead to five, twice, but BSC wasn’t able to overcome the Lady Tigers and lost, 71-63.
Sophomore Courtney Gibson and freshman Erin Jackson led BSC with 16 points apiece, and Harbor scored 11 and dished out a game-high five assists. Senior Elyse Clay and freshman C.J. Dake led with seven rebounds apiece, while Dake also recorded two blocks.
For LC, Tillisha Givens posted an impressive 17 rebounds and 15 points, while Christy Pantallion was the high scorer with 18 points. Taylor Henderson was also in double digits with 15 points.
BSC shot 40 percent (18-of-45) from the field, 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from three-point range, and 62.1 percent (18-of-29) at the charity stripe. The Lady Wildcats were 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field, 46.2 percent (6-of-13) on three-pointers, and 54.2 percent (13-of-24) at the free throw line.
Rebounds were even at 37 per team, but the Panthers committed 26 turnovers to LC’s 16.
BSC goes on the road for its next two games, traveling to Montgomery, Ala., for the Coca Cola/Huntingdon Classic, taking on Rust College, Friday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m., and Judson College, Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m.