BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Despite leading for most of the first half, the Birmingham-Southern (3-2) women’s basketball team fell to Rhodes College (3-1), Tuesday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers maintained a small lead for the first 11 minutes of the first half before Rhodes took its first lead, 13-12, at the 9:17 mark on a jumper by Becky Atnip. BSC took back the lead at the 5:59 mark, 19-17, on a jumper from senior Elyse Clay, and led until the 1:25 mark, when a three-pointer from Atnip gave the Lynx the 25-23 advantage. A lay-up from senior Fredreka Burrell tied things up, but Brittany Looney scored with 43 seconds remaining to put Rhodes back up by two, 27-25, heading into the half.
BSC tied it up at the 18:46 mark of the second half on a lay-up from Clay, but a three-pointer from Milira Dunn put the Lynx back up for good. BSC cut the lead to one, twice, before the Lynx pulled out to lead by as much as 13, 53-40, with 3:35 left in the game. The Panthers went on a 7-1 run after that, but it wasn’t enough and Rhodes came away with the 54-47 win.
Atnip led all players with 13 points, while Kristen Lytle and Cameron Whitaker led on the boards with seven apiece. LaKeya McGill led with three assists.
For the Panthers, Clay posted her third BSC career double-double with 13 rebounds and 12 points, and senior Danielle Harbor recorded her second career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
BSC shot 30 percent (21-of-70) from the field, 25 percent (4-of-16) on three-pointers, and 20 percent (1-of-5) at the free throw line, while Rhodes shot 34.5 percent (19-of-55) from the field, 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from three-point range, and 90 percent (9-of-10) at the charity stripe.
Rebounds were 46-42 in BSC’s favor, and the Panthers committed six fewer turnovers than the Lynx with 16.
BSC is at home for its next game, taking on Huntingdon College this Sunday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.