Women's Basketball falls to Agnes Scott on the road in season opener, 56-40

DECATUR, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team opened the 2012-13 season on the road, Thursday, falling to Agnes Scott College 56-40 in Decatur, Ga.

The Panthers opened the game with a 6-0 lead but the Scotties fought back, tying it up 8-8 and then 10-10 before taking the lead, 12-10, with 5:43 left in the half. ASC hung onto the lead, outscoring BSC 7-2 down the stretch to hold a 24-17 lead at halftime.

The Scotties gradually built on their lead throughout the second half, going up by as much as 21 before winning 56-40.

Senior Melanie Short led BSC with eight points, and she and senior Alex Adams led all players with 10 rebounds apiece.

ASC's Genefine Sapateh led all players with 18 points, while Arielle Register posted 14 and Tiffany Jones had 10.

The Scotties out-shot the Panthers in every category, hitting 37.5 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from three-point range, and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. In contrast, BSC shot 27.8 percent overall, 25 percent from long range, and 54.5 percent from the line.

BSC did out-rebound ASC, though, 47-30, but also committed more than twice as many turnovers with 22 (ASC had 10).

The Panthers are on the road again this Saturday, Nov. 17, traveling to face LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga., at 6 p.m. Eastern.