Panther women hold off Meredith, 83-81

Alex Adams

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team held off a late-game rally by Meredith College, Friday afternoon, winning 83-81 in the Huntingdon Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

BSC moves to 6-5, while Meredith falls to 3-5.

The Panthers started the game by scoring the first five points, and increased the lead to 14 by the 13:51 mark. BSC kept its double-digit lead for almost the entire duration of the stanza, going up by as much as 19, twice. Meredith put together a 13-2 run in the last 3:09 of the half, though, to cut it to eight, 45-37.

BSC stayed a few steps ahead of the Avenging Angels, leading by 10 at the 13:57 mark, after which Meredith went on an 11-1 run to tie it up, 58-58, with 10:46 left to play. BSC made a free throw after that to go back up by one, but Meredith hit a three-pointer to take its first lead of the game. The Panthers responded by scoring the next five straight baskets - three by Adams - to go back up by eight, 69-61, with six minutes left to play.

The Panthers hung onto their lead, and led by 12, 77-65, with 3:07 left, but the Angels proceeded to score 11 straight points to cut the lead to one, 77-76, with 48 seconds to play. Adams and King scored straight baskets after that to put the Panthers back up by five with 25 seconds left, but Meredith hit a three-pointer to cut the lead back to two at the 17-second mark. A foul by the Angels send Moody to the free throw line a second later, where she sank both to put BSC back up by four again. Meredith was able to hit one more basket before time expired, and the Panthers came away with the two-point win.

Junior Alex Adams led five Panthers in double figures with 18 points, followed by sophomore Stephanie Stanley with 17 points, junior Melanie Short with 11, and juniors Caroline King and Erin Moore with 10 points each. Senior Ashton Spurgin led all players with 11 points, and senior Kristian Moody led with five assists.

The Panthers shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field, 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from three-point range, and 55.6 percent (20-of-36) from the free throw line.

BSC out-rebounded Meredith 50-35 but committed two more turnovers than the Angels with 17.

The Panthers are back in action on Monday, Jan. 2, taking on Auburn-Montgomery at 5:30 p.m. in Montgomery.