BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Anchored by a 13-point 10-rebound showing from junior Melanie Short, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team defeated University of Dallas, 62-55, at home in Bill Battle Coliseum Saturday evening.
The Panthers even their record at 9-9 overall and 4-5 in the SCAC, while the Crusaders fall to 5-12 overall and 1-8 in the league.
Play was even in the first half. Although BSC pulled out to a seven-point lead at the 14:35 mark, Dallas chipped away at the lead and the teams played to five ties (including 22-22 at the halftime buzzer) as well as three lead changes.
Dallas hit a basket to open the second half, but a three-pointer from senior Kristian Moody gave the Panthers back the lead, 25-24. BSC hung onto a modest lead - never by more than 10 points - until the Crusaders tied it up, 39-39, at the 11:12 mark. The teams tied it up again, 43-43, at the 8:17 mark, but the Panthers responded with seven straight points to go up 50-43 with 6:41 remaining.
BSC would never trail again, although Dallas did cut it to two, 50-48, at the 4:07 mark, and three, 53-50, with 2:51 left to play. The Panthers scored six straight points to go back up by nine before eventually winning by seven, 62-55.
Short led a balanced scoring effort by the Panthers with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 10 rebounds. Senior Kristian Moody and junior Alex Adams also recorded 11 points each, and senior Sam Davidson had 10 points, four assists and four steals.
The Panthers shot .375 (21-of-56) from the field, .222 (6-of-27) from three-point range, and .583 (14-of-24) from the free throw line.
For Dallas, Kylie Yoshimura led all players with 24 points, followed by Christy Allen with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Yoshimura also recorded four assists, and Marleyna Bustamante led with five steals.
The Crusaders shot .328 (19-of-58) overall, .250 (4-of-16) from long-range, and .684 (13-of-29) from the line.
BSC out-rebounded Dallas 43-41 while committing 14 turnovers to Dallas' 15.
The Panthers are on the road for the next two weeks, traveling next weekend to face Colorado College, Friday, in Colorado Springs, and Hendrix College, Sunday, in Conway, Ark.