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Panthers win 2009 Sheraton Birmingham Classic with 92-64 victory over Rust

BSC vs. Rust Box Score
Huntingdon vs. East Texas Baptist Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –
With a 92-64 win against Rust College, Saturday, the Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team won the 2009 Sheraton Birmingham Classic. BSC moves to 3-0 on the season, while Rust falls to 1-2.

In the first game of the day, East Texas Baptist University defeated Huntingdon College, 75-59. BSC was the only team in the Classic to win both of its games, after beating ETBU Friday evening.

The Panthers scored the first basket of the game and would never trail, going up by 11 within the first five minutes and leading by as much as 24 in the first half before taking a 53-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Tournament MVP Ashton Spurgin led BSC in the first half with 10 points, and All-Tournament member Alex Adams led with seven first-half rebounds.

BSC kept a double-digit lead for the entire second half as well, although Rust did cut the lead to 13, twice, before the Panthers went on a 20-0 run to go up 82-49 with 5:44 left to play. BSC led by as much as 34 before eventually winning by 28, 92-64.

Spurgin led with 14 points, followed by sophomore Erin Jackson with 13 points and sophomore Sam Davidson and Adams with 11 points apiece. Spurgin and Adams also led with eight rebounds apiece, and Davidson led with five assists.

For Rust, All-Tournament members Breanna Viverette and Telicia Gayden led with 14 points apiece, and Gayden recorded a double-double with 11 boards. Tremelanie McFadden led with four assists and three steals.

BSC shot 45.9 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 72.2 percent at the free throw line; Rust shot 31.8 percent overall, 15 percent on three-pointers, and 70.4 percent at the stripe. The Panthers out-rebounded the Lady Bearcats, 50-43.

Huntingdon’s Latarial Williams and East Texas Baptist’s Karlee Wilson also earned All-Tournament honors.

The Panthers are at home again this Tuesday, Nov. 24, taking on Berry College at 6 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.