January 13, 2012

Panthers unable to overcome Southwestern on the road

GEORGETOWN, Texas—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team fell behind early against Southwestern University and never came back, losing 75-62 on the road Friday evening.

The Panthers fall to 7-8 overall and 2-4 in the SCAC, while the Pirates move to 7-7 overall and 4-1 in the league.

Southwestern built up a quick 13-0 lead to start the game, and the Panthers were never able to dig out from under the deficit. BSC did cut it to two, 22-20, with 8:08 left in the first half, but SU stayed two steps ahead and led 34-27 at halftime.

The closest the Panthers came in the second half was cutting it to four, twice, but Southwestern kept scoring and slowly increased the margin down the stretch, leading by as much as 18 before eventually winning by 13, 75-62.

Junior Melanie Short led BSC with 17 points, followed by senior Kristian Moody with 14. Short and senior Ashton Spurgin led with seven rebounds each, and Moody led with four assists.

Southwestern out-shot BSC from the field, hitting 44.4 percent (28-of-63) to the Panthers' 37.1 percent (23-of-62) showing, and 28 percent (7-of-25) from three-point range to BSC's 20.8 percent (5-of-24).

The Pirates also out-rebounded the Panthers, 47-36, but turnovers were even at 21 for each team.

BSC stays in Texas for a game against Trinity University in San Antonio tomorrow at 6 p.m. CT.