ATLANTA – After trailing by 20 in the first half against Emory, Tuesday, the Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team was able to tie things up in the second half but ultimately fell to the Eagles, 63-56. Emory moves to 5-4 on the season, while BSC falls to 6-3.
The Panthers scored the first basket of the game – a layup by sophomore Erin Jackson – but the Eagles tied things up with two free throws from Becca Feldman and then took over the lead on a jumper by Whitney Martin at the 16:19 mark. BSC kept things close until the 13:29 mark when Emory started an 18-0 run to go up 29-9 by the 5:31 mark of the first half for the largest lead of the half. The Eagles took a 17-point 31-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Emory maintained a double-digit lead until the 14:12 mark of the second half when BSC cut it to nine, 38-29, on a jumper and made free throw from freshman Stephanie Stanley. The teams traded baskets, bringing the Emory lead to nine again, 40-31, with 13:43 left to play. BSC then went on a 9-0 run to tie things up, 40-40, with 8:39 left in the game.
BSC wasn’t able to take over the lead, but stayed close on the Eagles’ heels for the next three minutes. Emory pulled ahead by 10, however, twice down the stretch before eventually winning by seven, 63-56.
Feldman led the Eagles with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, followed by Martin with 13 and Sally Peterson with 10. Keenan Whitesides led with 11 rebounds, and Martin led with four steals.
Freshman Alex Adams led the Panthers with 18 points, going 6-of-7 from the field, and six rebounds, and Stanley recorded 10 points. Sophomore Sam Davidson led with four assists, and she and Stanley also led with three steals apiece.
The Panthers stay on the road this weekend, traveling back to Atlanta to take on Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Oglethorpe University, Friday, Jan. 1, at 5 p.m. They then travel to Sewanee, Tenn., to face Sewanee at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3.