Women’s Basketball wins big against Emory, 85-60

Box Score

Fueled by a career performance by sophomore forward Alex Adams, the Birmingham-Southern women’s basketball team defeated Emory, 85-60, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 3-1 with the win, while the Eagles fall to 2-3.

Adams led all players career highs of 22 points (on 9-of-12 shooting) and 15 rebounds. Senior Katelyn Wilson also posted 17 points, sophomore Melanie Short recorded 14, and junior Kristian Moody had 12. Sophomore Caroline King also dished out five assists.

Emory scored the first two baskets of the game, and BSC wasn’t able to score its first points – a three-pointer from Moody – until the 16-minute mark. Moody hit another three on BSC’s next possession, and Adams hit a three after that to put the Panthers up 9-4.

BSC stayed ahead until the 10:54 mark when a layup by Taylor Bruzzio put the Eagles up by one, 14-13, but a layup from Wilson gave the Panthers back the lead for good. After that point, BSC went on a 20-2 scoring run over the next eight minutes, and led by 15, 35-20, at the half.

The Panthers kept a double-digit lead for the entire second half, with Emory cutting it to 10 only twice. BSC increased its lead to 20 at the 4:02 mark on a free throw by Adams, and hit the 30-point mark with 46 seconds left on a free throw by junior Sam Davidson.

Melissa Koike led Emory with 18 points and perfect shooting, going 7-of-7 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range, and 2-of-2 at the free throw line. She also pulled down a team-high five rebounds, as did Savannah Morgan and Danielle Landry. Hannah Lilly led Emory with four steals.

BSC shot an even 50 percent (31-of-62) for the game, 32 percent (8-of-25) from beyond the arc, and 88.2 percent (15-of-17) at the line. Emory shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63) for the game, 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from three-point range, and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from the charity stripe.

BSC out-rebounded Emory, 45-28, but committed more turnovers with 24 to the Eagles’ 21.

The Panthers are on the road for their next two games, opening Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action against DePauw, Friday, Dec. 3, and Centre, Sunday, Dec. 5. They then return home to face Berry on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.