BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team fell to Centre College to open Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play, 74-62, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Colonels move to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in league play, while the Panthers fall to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the SCAC.
Centre scored the first basket of the game, a three-pointer by Chelsea Goodman, and kept the lead for the entire game, leading by as much as 23 at the 8:07 mark of the first half before taking a 47-27 lead into the halftime break.
The Colonels kept shooting in the second half, and the Panthers went completely cold, not hitting a field goal for the first 12 minutes of the half. Centre achieved its largest lead of the game, 70-39, at the 6:24 mark, before BSC scored 11 unanswered points to cut it to 70-50. The Panthers were able to cut the Colonels’ lead to 12 down the stretch, but were unable to get any closer, losing by the score of 74-62.
Centre’s Lauren Huter led all players with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, followed by Goodman with 16 and Maggie Prewitt with 11. Prewitt also led with seven rebounds, seven assists, and four steals, and Huter also recorded four blocks.
For BSC, junior Katelyn Wilson led with 10 points and freshman Melanie Short led with 10 rebounds. Sophomore Sam Davidson led with three assists, and freshman Stephanie Stanley led with four steals.
Centre out-shot BSC in every category, going 28-of-51 (54.9 percent) from the field, 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) at the free throw line. The Panthers shot 20-of-62 (32.3 percent) overall, 9-of-27 (33.3 percent) on threes, and 13-of-25 (52 percent) at the line.
BSC held the advantage in rebounding, 40-33, and turnovers were even at 27 apiece.
The Panthers are at home again on Sunday, taking on No. 20 DePauw University at noon in Bill Battle Coliseum.