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Panthers fall to Rhodes, 78-74

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. –
The Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team lost its second straight game with a 78-74 road loss to Rhodes College, Saturday, in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action. The Lynx move to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference, while the Panthers fall to 7-5 overall and 2-3 in league play.

Rhodes led for the first seven minutes of the game before a three-pointer from sophomore Erin Jackson put the Panthers up 12-11 for their first, and only, lead of the game at the 13:25 mark. The teams traded baskets after that, and the Lynx took back the lead for good at the 11:21 mark, 16-14.

Rhodes then put together a 10-1 run to go up 26-15 with 8:35 left in the half, and kept a lead for the remainder of the half, going up by as much as 12, 45-33, at the 1:07 mark, before taking a 47-36 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Lynx maintained a comfortable lead for most of the second half before the Panthers were able to put together a 13-2 run to cut the lead from 12, 73-61, at the 6:52 mark, to one, 75-74, with 2:05 left in the game. BSC sent Rhodes to the free throw line after that, where they hit 3-of-4, and the Panthers weren’t able to score again to give the Lynx the four-point victory.

Jackson led all players with 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including a 5-of-6 performance from three-point range. Junior Katelyn Wilson also recorded 12 points, and freshman Alex Adams led with eight rebounds. Sophomore Sam Davidson led with four assists, and freshman Melanie Short led with two steals.

Four Lynx players scored in double digits, led by Becky Atnip and Jenilee Pate with 18 points each. Becca Clarin scored 16, and LaKeya McGill scored 15. Pate and Sharwil Bell each pulled down seven rebounds to lead Rhodes, and Clarin, Atnip, and Bell also led with four assists apiece. Bell also led with two steals.

BSC shot 38.8 percent (26-of-67) from the field, 37.5 percent (9-of-24) on three-pointers, and 61.9 percent (13-of-21) at the free throw line. Rhodes shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field, 50 percent (8-of-16) from long range, and 85.7 percent (24-of-28) from the line.

The Panthers out-rebounded the Lynx, 44-36, and committed a season-low 10 turnovers to Rhodes’ 14.

BSC stays on the road to face non-conference foe Rust College tomorrow at noon.