Panthers upset No. 20 DePauw, 74-66

Box Score

Led by freshman Alex Adams with 18 points and junior Katelyn Wilson with 16 points, the Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team upended No. 20 DePauw University, 74-66, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers move to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while the Tigers fall to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in SCAC action.

Adams scored the first basket of the game, a three-pointer to put BSC up 3-0, but the Tigers fought back to go up by six, 14-8, at the 14:18 mark. The teams played to several ties after that point before DePauw pulled ahead down the stretch, expanding the lead to seven, 35-28, at the 2:28 mark, and again with 56 seconds left, 38-31, but a three-pointer from freshman Lauren Parks cut the Tiger lead to four heading into halftime.

BSC came out firing in the second half, scoring seven straight to go up, 41-38, by the 17:12 mark. The Tigers took back the lead with two straight lay-ups, and went up by five, 50-45, at the 12:13 mark, but the Panthers responded with another seven straight points to go back up by two, 52-50.

A DePauw lay-up by Kate Walker tied things up – the eighth tie of the game – 52-52, but BSC took control of the game after that point, scoring seven straight points to go up by seven, 59-52, by the 6:46 mark. DePauw cut it to three, but the Panthers jumped back out by seven, and then increased their lead to double digits for the first time, 69-59, on a pair of free throws by freshman Melanie Short with 2:44 left in the game.

The Tigers were able to cut it back down to seven, 73-66, with two seconds left in the game, but Wilson hit a free throw after a quick foul to put BSC back up by eight, 74-66, with 1.5 seconds left on the clock. DePauw was unable to hit a shot in the remaining time, and the Panthers upset the 20th-ranked Tigers by eight points.

Adams’ 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting led all scorers, and she also led the Panthers with eight rebounds. Wilson was second with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, and sophomore Sam Davidson led with three assists and two steals. Sophomore Erin Jackson led with three blocks.

For DePauw, Brooke Osborne led with 16 points, followed by Jenna Fernandez and Lauren Goff with 11 points apiece. Ellie Pearson led with eight boards, and Osborne and Walker led with three assists each. Goff also led with three steals.

The Panthers had their best offensive performance of the young season, shooting season highs in all categories, going 25-of-52 (48.1 percent) from the field, 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) on three-pointers, and 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) at the free throw line. DePauw shot 25-of-62 (40.3 percent) from the field, 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) on three-pointers, and 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) at the line.

The Tigers led on the boards, 42-31, but committed three more turnovers than BSC with 17.

BSC has a week off for exams before returning to action at home next Sunday, Dec. 13, taking on in-state rival Huntingdon College at 2 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.