BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team returned home Friday evening with a bang, upsetting No. 23 Centre College, 72-60, to hand the Colonels their first conference loss of the season.
The Panthers move to 12-11 overall and 7-7 in the SCAC, while Centre falls to 19-2 overall and 12-1 in the league.
Centre scored the first five points to open the game, leading 5-0 after four minutes of play before the Panthers used an 11-2 run to go up 11-7 by the 13:14 mark. The game was back-and-forth after that, with two ties and three lead changes. The Colonels led 14-13 with 7:57 left in the half before the Panthers scored 10 unanswered points to take a nine-point lead, 23-14, at the 2:24 mark. BSC led by nine once more before taking a seven-point 26-19 lead into the locker room at the half.
Senior Kristian Moody opened the second half with a three-pointer to set the tone for BSC for the rest of the game. The Panthers out-scored the Colonels 16-4 in the first four minutes to go up 42-23, and BSC kept a comfortable double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. The Panthers led by as much as 21, 72-51, with 2:41 left, and Centre scored nine straight points to end the game but it wasn't enough to overcome BSC, who won by 12.
Moody led with 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting, all from three-point range. Junior Caroline King scored 15 points and senior Ashton Spurgin added 10. The trio also all led with three assists apiece. Junior Alex Adams led with eight rebounds, and junior Melanie Short led with three steals.
Maggie Prewitt led Centre with 19 points, and Chelsea Benham led with six rebounds.
BSC shot well, especially in the second half, when they hit 13-of-21 (.619). For the game the Panthers shot 22-of-47 (.468) from the field, 12-of-22 (.545) from long-range, and 16-of-18 (.889) from the free throw line.
Centre struggled offensively, shooting 21-of-57 (.368) from the field, 4-of-9 (.444) from three-point range, and 14-of-17 (.824) from the line.
Although the Panthers committed 20 turnovers to the Colonels' nine, they out-rebounded Centre 41-23.
BSC is at home for the remainder of the season, taking on Sewanee on Sunday at 1 p.m., and Oglethorpe next Saturday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. before hosting the 2012 SCAC Basketball Championship, Feb. 24-26.