BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Led by senior Kristian Moody and sophomore Elizabeth Bromirski with 12 points apiece, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team defeated Austin College, 65-36, Friday evening at home in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers, who had lost their previous two games, move to 8-9 overall and 3-5 in the SCAC. The Kangaroos fall to 1-16 overall and 1-7 in league action.
Austin jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first two minutes of play, but would not score another point until the 10:13 mark on a single free throw by Christina Kime. Meanwhile, the Panthers scored 15 straight points, putting them up 15-5. BSC steadily increased its lead to a 35-12 advantage at the half.
BSC maintained a large lead for the entire second half, leading by at least 20 the whole time and going up by as much as 33, 65-32, with 1:53 remaining before eventually winning by 29.
Moody and Bromirski led BSC with 12 points each, followed by juniors Melanie Short and Alex Adams with 10 points apiece. Moody hit 4-of-5 from three-point range. Bromirski also led on the boards with eight rebounds. Senior Sam Davidson led with six assists, and Short had two steals.
Allison Taylor scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead Austin, while Kersti Marusich led with 10 rebounds. Kime led with four assists.
BSC shot very well in the first half, hitting 14-of-26 (.538), and ended up shooting 24-of-54 (.444) for the game. The Panthers were 10-of-27 (.370) from long range and 7-of-12 (.583) from the free throw line.
Austin struggled offensively, hitting 13-of-47 (.277) overall, 2-of-15 (.133) from three-point land, and 8-of-15 (.533) at the line.
Austin had one more rebound than BSC with 36, but committed six more turnovers than the Panthers with 19.
The Panthers are back in action at home tomorrow evening, facing University of Dallas at 6 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.