BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Freshman Alex Adams scored a career-high 19 points, and sophomore Ashton Spurgin recorded her second career double-double in the Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team’s 67-55 victory over Oglethorpe University, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.
BSC evens its record at 10-10 overall and moves to 5-7 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the Stormy Petrels drop to 9-12 overall and 4-8 in the SCAC.
The Panthers scored first in the game and stayed just ahead of Oglethorpe, never leading by more than six, until the Petrels tied it up, 19-19, at the 7:58 mark. OU tied it up twice more before taking the lead for the first time, 26-25, with three minutes left in the half. BSC took back the lead, however, and led 33-28 at the half.
Oglethorpe tied it up again five minutes into the second half, 35-35, on a three-pointer from Riley Cerone, but a pair of free throws and a layup from Adams put BSC back ahead. The Panthers steadily increased their lead, going up by 10, 48-38, mid-way through the half, but the Petrels were tenacious and cut the lead back down to three, twice, by the 3:33 mark. OU would not score again after that point, however, and BSC scored nine straight for the 67-55 victory.
Adams led all players with 19 points, followed by freshman Melanie Short with 11 and junior Katelyn Wilson, sophomore Sam Davidson, and Spurgin with 10 apiece. Spurgin also tied her career-high with a game-high 14 rebounds, and Short and Adams were one board away from double-doubles as well. Spurgin and sophomore Erin Jackson blocked two shots each, and Wilson had three steals.
BSC shot 22-of-65 (33.8 percent) from the field, 1-of-10 (10 percent) from three-point range, and 22-of-26 (84.6 percent) from the free throw line.
Kelley Reeves led the Petrels with 13 points, Katie Weeks scored 12, and Sarah Jones had 11. Sarah Giles led with six rebounds. OU shot 19-of-58 (32.8 percent) overall, 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from three, and 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) at the line.
The Panthers out-rebounded Oglethorpe, 57-33, while turnovers were even at 16 apiece.
BSC is at home again this Sunday, taking on Sewanee at 1 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.