Panthers fall to Centre on the road, 73-54

Box Score

The Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team lost on the road to Centre College, Friday, 73-54 in Danville, Ky.

Centre moves to 16-7 overall and 11-4 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the Panthers fall to 13-11 overall and 7-8 in the SCAC.

Played stayed fairly even in the opening minutes of the game, with the teams tying things up 6-6 by the 14:41 mark, after which Centre scored 10 straight to go up 16-6 at the 11:24 mark. The Panthers fought back with a 15-2 run of their own to go up, 21-18, with 5:56 left in the half. Centre responded with a basket, but BSC responded with a three-pointer from freshman Lauren Parks to go up by four, 24-20, for its largest lead of the game. The Colonels came back again, however, with another 10 unanswered points, and ended up leading 32-26 at the half.

Although the Panthers were able to cut the Colonels’ lead to two, Centre maintained its lead for the entire second half. The Colonels expanded the lead significantly in the last 4:10 of play, out-scoring BSC 15-3, 11 of those points coming off free throws, to win by 19, 73-54.

Lauren Huter led Center with 15 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Maggie Prewitt with 14 points, Amanda Stovall with 13 points, and Chelsea Benham with 10 points. Prewitt led with six assists, and Huter led with five blocks.

For BSC, junior Katelyn Wilson led with 15 points, freshman Caroline King recorded 13 points, and freshman Alex Adams had 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Adams also led with four assists, while sophomore Sam Davidson led with three steals.

Centre out-shot BSC from the field, 43.9 percent to 38.2 percent, while the Panthers held the advantage from three-point range, 37.5 percent to 35.7 percent. The Colonels led at the free throw line, going 18-of-22 for 81.8 percent to BSC’s 6-of-8, 75-percent performance.

BSC wraps up the 2009-10 season, Sunday, taking on league-leading No. 16 DePauw University at noon ET in Greencastle, Ind.