BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With 19 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double-double, freshman Alex Adams helped lead the Panthers to an 82-71 win against Sewanee, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.
BSC moves to 11-10 overall and 6-7 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with its third straight win, while the Tigers fall to 6-15 overall and 2-11 in the SCAC.
The Panthers led for the duration of the game, with the exception of a one-minute span in the opening minutes of the game when Sewanee led by one. BSC expanded its lead to as much as 13, twice, before leading 40-31 at the half.
Sewanee opened the second half on a 9-2 run, cutting the Panthers’ lead to two, 42-40, but BSC responded with a 15-3 run of its own to go up 14, 57-43, by the 12:27 mark. The Panthers kept a double-digit lead until the 6:58 mark, when a steal and layup by Virginia Zakas cut it to nine, 63-54. A jumper and a three-pointer from Sewanee cut it to four, 63-59, with 5:34 left to play, but the Panthers answered with a three-pointer from sophomore Erin Jackson and an Adams layup to go back up by nine. BSC was able to maintain a small but comfortable lead for the remainder of the game, eventually winning by 11, 82-71, thanks in part to a 6-for-6 showing at the free throw line by junior Katelyn Wilson down the stretch.
Adams led BSC with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, tying her career high, and also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for her second career double-double. Wilson and Jackson also scored 14 points each, with Jackson shooting 5-of-6 from the field, and sophomore Ashton Spurgin led with four assists.
Lauren Gulley led Sewanee with a game-high 25 points, while Danni Kabes scored 12 and Logan Miller posted 11. Kabbes also led with six rebounds, Claire Elliott led with four assists, and Jamie Robinson led with four steals.
BSC out-shot Sewanee from the field (44.4 percent to 35.2 percent) and from three-point range (38.1 percent to 28.1 percent), while the Tigers were 12-of-12 from the free throw line and the Panthers were 18-of-22 for 81.8 percent.
The Panthers nearly doubled Sewanee’s rebounds, 54-28, but committed twice the turnovers as the Tigers with 24.
BSC is back at home next weekend in the last home game of the season, taking on Rhodes College, Saturday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.