Berry upends Panthers in 86-84 thriller

Box Score

The Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team fell to Berry College, 86-84, Tuesday evening in a hard-fought contest in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Vikings move to 2-1 on the season, while the Panthers drop to 3-1 with their first loss of the year.

The game was close from the opening tip, with neither team leading by more than seven – Berry led 15-8 at the 14:32 mark – in the first half. The teams played to six ties and seven lead changes in the first 20 minutes of action, with the Vikings taking a 36-35 lead into the locker room at the half.

The game continued to stay close in the second half, with neither team leading by more than five. With 59 seconds left to play, Berry and BSC played to the 13th tie of the game at 82-82. The Panthers then took a two-point lead on two free throws by sophomore Sam Davidson, but Erica Crumley drained a three-pointer for Berry to give the Vikings a one-point advantage with 16 seconds left in the game.

BSC called a time out to set up its next play, but missed the basket and fouled Berry, sending Tikedra Jones to the line, where she made one of two to put the Vikings up 86-84 with two seconds left on the clock. The Panthers were unable to capitalize on the remaining time, and Berry came away with the two-point win.

Jones led all players with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while Kate Ross recorded 19 points and Crumley posted 13 points and seven assists. Jones and Lakisha Bryant also led with four steals apiece.

Freshmen Alex Adams and Stephanie Stanley led BSC with 11 points apiece, while sophomores Ashton Spurgin and Katelyn Wilson recorded 10 points each. Adams also recorded a double-double, the first of her collegiate career, with 13 rebounds. Freshman Caroline King led with six assists, and Wilson grabbed three steals.

BSC shot 42.6 percent (29-of-68) from the field, 33.3 percent (8-of-24) from three-point range, and 69.2 percent (18-of-26) at the free throw line; Berry shot 42.7 percent (32-of-75) from the field, 25 percent (6-of-24) from long range, and 66.7 percent (16-of-24) at the line.

The Vikings out-rebounded the Panthers, 48-41, and both teams struggled with turnovers as BSC committed 30 and Berry committed 27. For the game, there were 13 ties and 15 lead changes.

BSC takes a break for Thanksgiving before returning to action this Sunday, Nov. 29, traveling to face Huntingdon College in Montgomery at 4 p.m.