MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team went on the road for the first time this season, Friday, and defeated Rust College, 72-57, at the Coca Cola/Huntingdon Classic. The Panthers move to 2-1, while the Lady Bearcats fall to 0-3.
Freshman Erin Jackson hit the first shot of the game, a three-pointer, less than a minute in and the Panthers would never trail, going up 12-0 before Rust scored its first point, a free throw at the 14:16 mark. BSC expanded its lead to as much as 13 in the first half before taking a 38-29 lead into halftime.
Rust cut the lead to seven with a quick shot to open the second half, but the Panthers answered with a 10-0 run to go up 48-31. BSC kept a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game, leading by as much as 20, 72-52, at the 2:20 mark before clinching the 72-57 win.
Jackson led the Panthers with 13 points, while sophomore Katelyn Wilson chipped in 10. Freshman Ashton Spurgin led on the boards with eight, and also led with two blocks, and sophomore Courtney Gibson led with six assists. Freshman Monecia Miller also recorded two steals.
For the Lady Bearcats, Breanne Viverette led all players with 29 points, and Deanna Allen recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Tremelanie McFadden led with four assists and three steals.
BSC shot 41.5 percent (27-of-65) from the field, 33.3 percent (7-of-21) on three-pointers, and 47.8 percent (11-of-23) at the free throw line, while Rust shot 30.5 percent (18-of-59) from the field, 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from three-point range, and 73.7 percent (14-of-19) at the line.
The Panthers out-rebounded the Lady Bearcats, 47-42, and committed 16 turnovers to Rust’s 23.
Action in the Classic continues tomorrow as BSC faces Judson College at 2 p.m.