BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern (7-2) women’s basketball team outlasted Maryville College (4-5) to pick up a 73-68 win at home, Tuesday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers led by double digits for most of the first half, going up by as much as 20, twice, before leading 47-28 at the half.
Maryville began to chip away at the lead in the second half, finally cutting it to single digits, 61-52, at the 9:25 mark and closing the gap to six, 63-57, with 6:43 left to play. BSC built the lead back up to 11, 70-59, by the 4:26 mark, but the Scots went on a 9-0 run to cut it to two, 70-68, with 1:01 left in the game.
Maryville was forced to foul as the clock wound down in the final minute, sending sophomore Courtney Gibson to the free throw line, where she sank both to put the Panthers back up by four with 20 seconds remaining. The Panther defense held off Maryville and senior Danielle Harbor came down with a rebound with 11 seconds left, after which she was fouled by the Scots and made one of her free throws, putting BSC up by five, 73-68, with nine seconds remaining. Maryville was unable to make a last-second shot, and the Panthers came away with the victory.
Freshman Erin Jackson led all players with 19 points for BSC, and senior Elyse Clay posted a double-double, her second of the season, with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Harbor led with six assists, and senior Fredreka Burrell led with three steals.
For the Scots, Natalie Munday led with 17 points, followed by Jeanna Dalton with 15 and Tara Heyboer with 10. Colleen McConnell led on the boards with eight rebounds, Alexis Rouvelas led with four assists, and she and McConnell each picked up three steals.
Overall, the Panthers shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the field, 45 percent (9-of-20) from three-point range, and 60.9 percent (14-of-23) at the line, while Maryville shot 36.2 percent (25-of-69) from the field, 17.6 percent (3-of-17) on three-pointers, and 75 percent (15-of-20) at the stripe.
The Scots out-rebounded BSC, 47-41, and committed two less turnovers than the Panthers with 15 to BSC’s 17.
BSC takes a break for the holidays before returning to action at home on Tuesday, Dec. 30, taking on No. 25 Emory University at 2 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.