SEWANEE, Tenn. – The Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team suffered a 73-68 road loss to Sewanee, Sunday, falling to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Tigers move to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in league action with the five-point win.
Play was even in the opening minutes of the game, with the teams playing to three ties before Sewanee went in a 10-1 run to go up 17-8 by the 14:12 mark. The Panthers stayed closed on the Tigers’ heels after that, until the 6:35 mark, after which Sewanee put together another run, this time 15-1 to go up by 19, 39-20, with 2:57 left in the half. The Tigers led by as much as 20 before leading 44-25 at the half.
Sewanee kept a double-digit lead until the 9:53 mark of the second half, when the Panthers were able to cut it to nine, 58-49, on a layup by sophomore Haley Stracener. Sewanee maintained its lead, however, and nearly won by eight before a Panther three-pointer from freshman Caroline King at the buzzer cut it to five.
Freshman Alex Adams was the Panthers’ leading scorer, and the only player to score in double digits with 10 points. Sophomore Laura Kneiss led with eight rebounds, while junior Jamie Key and freshman Lauren Parks led with three assists apiece.
BSC shot 35.6 percent (26-of-73) from the field, 20 percent (5-of-25) from beyond the arc, and 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from the free throw line. The Panthers also struggled with turnovers, losing the ball 27 times.
The Panthers stay on the road this week, traveling to Holly Springs, Miss., to face Rust College this Thursday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m.