January 8, 2012

Panthers hold off Rhodes for 78-62 conference win

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team picked up its first win of 2012 today with a 78-62 victory against conference foe Rhodes College in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers even their record at 7-7 and move to 2-3 in the SCAC, while the Lynx fall to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

The teams played to two ties to open the game before BSC pulled out to a 13-5 lead by the 14:51 mark. Rhodes fought back to claim the lead at the 8:54 mark, and the rest of the first half was back-and-forth, with neither team leading by more than five. The Panthers led 35-31 at halftime.

BSC came out on fire in the second half, using a 20-7 run to go up by 17, 55-38, in the first six minutes. The Panthers kept a comfortable double-digit lead for the remainder of the game - the closest Rhodes would come was cutting it to 12, 69-57, with 4:16 left in the game.

Junior Caroline King led five Panthers in double digits with a game-high 16 points, followed by junior Alex Adams with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Senior Ashton Spurgin scored 13 points, senior Sam Davidson had 12, and junior Melanie Short scored 10 with eight rebounds. Adams also led all players with seven assists, and Davidson led with three steals.

Sarah Johnson led Rhodes with 14 points, Sharwil Bell recorded 11, and Mary Barber had 10. Three different Lynx led the team with six rebounds. Bell and Johnson also had four assists apiece, and Bell led with three steals.

The Panthers shot a season-high .509 (29-of-57) from the field and .545 (12-of-22) from three-point range. Rhodes struggled offensively, shooting .343 (23-of-67) overall and .286 (6-of-21) from beyond the arc.

BSC had one more rebound than Rhodes with 40, and committed five more turnovers than the Lynx with 13.

The Panthers are on the road next weekend, traveling to Texas to face Southwestern on Friday in Georgetown, Texas, and Trinity on Saturday in San Antonio.