Panthers roll past New Orleans, 76-61

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Led by junior Caroline King with 21 points and eight rebounds, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team defeated New Orleans Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum, 76-61.

The Panthers move to 4-3, while the Privateers fall to 0-9.

BSC opened the game with a 9-0 lead and would never trail. The Panthers led by as much as 20 in the first half, and led 40-23 at halftime.

The Panthers kept a double-digit lead for the duration of the game. The closest UNO came in the second half was cutting the BSC lead to 14 several times, while the largest lead BSC achieved was 22, 72-50, with 4:44 remaining in the game.

King and UNO's Yosha Watson both scored a game-high 21 points. Senior Kristian Moody and junior Melanie Short recorded 12 points apiece, and junior Alex Adams scored 11 points. King and Adams led BSC with eight rebounds apiece, and King and senior Sam Davidson led with four assists each. Sophomore Stephanie Stanley led the Panthers with three steals.

For the Privateers, Watson led with nine rebounds and eight steals to go with her team-high 21 points. Mechel'le Thomas also recorded 17 points and led with four assists.

BSC out-shot UNO in every category, going 27-of-54 (50 percent) from the field, 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) from three-point range, and 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) from the free throw line.

The Panthers also out-rebounded the Privateers, 41-25, but turned the ball over 20 times to UNO's 13.

BSC resumes Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action this weekend on the road, traveling to face Centre, Friday, in Danville, Ky., and Sewanee, Sunday, in Sewanee, Tenn.