Panthers hold off No. 25 Emory, 93-76
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With five players scoring in double digits, the Birmingham-Southern (8-2) women’s basketball team defeated No. 25 Emory (6-2), 93-76, Tuesday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum. BSC has now won its last five straight games.
Emory led for much of the first 12 minutes of play, going up by as much as seven, 18-11, at the 12:27 mark. But the Panthers took over the lead for good at the 7:23 mark of the first half, going up by one, 26-25, on a free throw from senior Fredreka Burrell. BSC led by as much as 12, 40-28, before taking a 43-36 lead into halftime.
The teams traded baskets to open the second half before BSC pulled ahead by 13 courtesy of two straight three-pointers from freshman Erin Jackson, and later expanded the lead to 15, 64-49, on another three from Jackson at the 13:15 mark.
BSC kept a double-digit lead until the 3:49 mark, when a three-pointer from Jenny Kraus cut it to seven, 76-69, but the Panthers held on and expanded the margin down the stretch, eventually winning by 17, 93-76.
Senior Elyse Clay led all players with 18 points, followed by Jackson with 14, senior Danielle Harbor and sophomore Katelyn Wilson with 12 apiece, and freshman Sam Davidson with 11. Burrell led with eight rebounds, and Harbor also dished out eight assists.
For the Eagles, Lora Turner led with 16 points, Kendall Boyd posted 14, and Kraus recorded 11. Keenan Whitesides led with five boards, and LeShonda Lillard led with six assists.
BSC out-shot Emory from the field (49.2 to 48.3 percent), three-point range (47.8 to 45.0 percent), and the free throw line (88.9 percent to 64.3 percent). The Panthers also out-rebounded the Eagles, 40-27, and committed two less turnovers with 21 to Emory’s 23.
The Panthers are at home again this Friday, Jan. 2, taking on Sewanee at 8 p.m. directly following the men’s game, which begins at 6 p.m., in Bill Battle Coliseum.