BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost to Trinity University at home Saturday evening, 72-61, ruining the Panthers' perfect home record this season.
BSC falls to 13-7 overall and 8-3 in the SCAC, while Trinity moves to 9-10 overall and 6-5 in conference play.
BSC scored first in the game with two free throws from senior Katelyn Wilson, but Trinity quickly tied things up with a layup by Abby Dietert, and took the lead on Dietert's free throw after she was fouled on the play. The Panthers took back the lead shortly after that, though, and would hold the lead for most of the half, stretching it out to a 12-point margin with 9:30 left to play in the first period. Trinity chipped away at the lead, though, and tied it up 27-27 at the half.
BSC came out of the half scoring first with a three-pointer by junior Sam Davidson, but would swap shots with Trinity, playing to a 34-34 tie with 15:10 left to play in the game. Trinity took over the lead after that on a Dietert layup and would never trail again. BSC stayed within two shots of the Tigers until Dietert scored a jumper with 5:26 left in the second period to put Trinity up 50-57. In the last seconds of the game, Trinity managed to stretch the lead out to 11 points and beat the Panthers 61-72.
Junior Ashton Spurgin led BSC with 13 points, followed by Wilson, junior Kristian Moody, and sophomore Alex Adams, who had eight points each. Spurgin also led with six rebounds, and Moody led BSC with four assists.
Trinity's Danielle Hubenak led all players with 21 points, while Dietert had 19 and a game-high nine rebounds.
Trinity out-shot BSC both from the field (43.9 to 43.1 percent) and from the free-throw line (81.8 to 66.7 percent); the Panthers were more successful from the three-point range, hitting 35 percent to Trinity's 30.8 percent.
Trinity out-rebounded BSC, 37-30, and led the game in steals, 16-2. The Tigers also had fewer turnovers than the Panthers with 15, while BSC had 21.
The Panthers are on the road for their next three games, traveling to face Sewanee and Oglethorpe next weekend, then Rhodes on Feb. 12. Their next home games are Friday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 20, which will be the season finale.