Panthers open season with 67-60 win against Rose-Hulman

BSC vs. Rose-Hulman | Louisiana College vs. Rust

The Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team opened the 2010-2011 season with a 67-60 win against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology today in game one of the 2010 Sheraton Birmingham Classic, hosted by BSC.

After the BSC-RHIT game, Louisiana College defeated Rust College, 97-53.

Senior Katelyn Wilson led the Panthers with 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, and junior Ashton Spurgin led with eight rebounds and two blocks.

BSC jumped out to a 9-0 lead to open the game, courtesy of two three-pointers from Wilson and one from sophomore Alex Adams. The Panthers led 12-2 by the 16:17 mark, and kept a modest lead until RHIT finally tied it up, 27-27, with 1:46 left in the half. The Engineers then took the lead for the first time with 59 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Alisa Dickerson, but a layup from Wilson with four seconds remaining tied it up again at the half, 29-29.

Rose-Hulman came out in the second half and scored eight straight points, going up 37-29 by the 16:37 mark. The Engineers kept the advantage until the Panthers tied it up twice (at the 12:21 and 10:39 marks) and then took back the lead for good with 9:54 left in the game on a layup by sophomore Melanie Short.

The Engineers were able to cut the lead to one, 58-57, with 3:55 left to play, but the Panthers hung on and eventually won by seven, 67-60.

The Panthers shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) overall, 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from beyond the arc, and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the line. Rose-Hulman shot 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from the field, 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from three-point range, and 66.7 percent (12-of-18) at the free throw line.

Dickerson led the Engineers with 29 points, going 10-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from three-point land. She also had 10 boards for a double-double, but Donna Marsh led the team with 11 rebounds. Marsh also recorded four blocks.

Action in the Sheraton Classic continues tomorrow as Rose-Hulman faces Louisiana College at 1 p.m., and BSC takes on Rust College at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.