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No. 11 DePauw too much for Panthers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Despite shooting a single-game record 61 percent from the field, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost to No. 11 DePauw University, 75-65, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Tigers move to 21-3 overall and 14-1 in the SCAC, while the Panthers fall to 14-10 overall and 9-6 in league action.

DePauw led for most of the first half, but never by more than seven, and BSC fought back down the stretch and led from the 3:38 mark to the 1:40 mark when a jumper by DePauw's Lauren Goff tied things up, 32-32. The teams took the tie into the halftime break.

The Tigers pulled back ahead to start the second half, leading by seven, 45-38, by the 14:02 mark. The Panthers cut it to one, twice, before DePauw went on a 19-6 run to go up by 14, 71-57, with 2:14 remaining. BSC kept fighting but was unable to come back and lost by 10, 75-65.

Senior Katelyn Wilson led the Panthers with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while sophomore Alex Adams led with five rebounds. For DePauw, Katie Mathews and Katie Aldrich led with 16 and 15 points, followed by Ali Ross with 10 points. Ellie Pearson led with 11 rebounds, and Goff led with three assists and five steals.

BSC's 25-of-41 (61 percent) showing from the field was a single-game program best, as was the 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) performance from three-point range. The Panthers went 7-of-10 (70 percent) from the free throw line.

DePauw shot 31-of-61 (50.8 percent) from the field, 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) from beyond the arc, and 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) from the line.

Rebounds were even at 25 for each team, but the difference-maker in the game was turnovers: BSC committed 19, with DePauw scoring 24 points-off-turnovers. The Tigers committed only eight.

The Panthers are back at home for the final game of the season this Sunday, Feb. 20, taking on Centre College at noon in Bill Battle Coliseum.