BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team still remains undefeated at home this season after a 65-44 victory over SCAC rival Colorado College, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers move to 12-5 overall and 6-1 in conference play, and are 9-0 at home, while the Tigers fall to 6-10 overall and 3-4 in the SCAC.
Junior Kristian Moody scored first with a layup for the Lady Panthers to start their nine-point unanswered scoring run. Becky Luetjen would shoot a jumper to end the BSC run with 15:45 left to play in the first period, but BSC would continue to stretch out their lead throughout the first half. The Panthers' largest lead in the first period would come with 2:10 left in the half from a three pointer by junior Sam Davidson. BSC led 36-13 at the half.
The second began with two jumpers by Colorado College's Alyssa Aldez, bringing the score to 36-17 in favor of BSC with 19:16 to play in the game, but those baskets were immediately answered by a layup from BSC sophomore Erin Moore. Colorado College would bring the score to within 14 with 8:52 left in the second period, but the Panthers would ultimately win by 21, 65-44.
Sophomore Lauren Parks led the Panthers with a career-high 12 points, followed by Moore with 11 and juniors Ashton Spurgin and Moody with 10 points each. Spurgin led the Panthers in rebounds (6) and steals (3), followed closely by Moore and sophomore Melanie Short with five rebounds each. Senior Jamie Key led BSC with three assists.
Hannah Hoppingarner led the Tigers with 10 points, Marissa Gradoz led with seven rebounds, and Alyssa Aldaz led with two assists and three steals.
BSC shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the field, 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from three-point range, and 60.9 percent (14-of-23) at the free throw line. Colorado College shot 28.1 percent (16-of-57) from the field, 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from the three-point range, and 75 percent (6-of-8) at the free throw line.
Rebounds were almost even at 43-41 in favor of BSC, but Colorado College turned the ball over 26 times while BSC committed 16 turnovers.
The Panthers' next game is Friday, Jan. 21, as they travel to Jackson, Miss., to take on Millsaps College at 6 p.m., and their next home game will be Friday, Jan. 28, against Southwestern University at 6 p.m.