MARYVILLE, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost on the road to Maryville, 72-43, Monday evening in Maryville, Tenn.
The Panthers fall to 1-3, while the Scots move to 2-1. BSC has lost all three of its road games so far this season, while winning its lone home game last Tuesday evening against Mobile.
Maryville's Janell Menard hit a three-pointer only 10 seconds into the game, and the Scots went up 7-0 before the Panthers finally got on the board at the 15:08 mark on a layup by senior Melanie Short, prompting a 7-0 run to tie it up 7-7 by the 14:11 mark. Play was back-and-forth after that, with the teams playing to 10-10, 12-12, and 15-15 ties by the 8:10 mark, after which Maryville used a 13-0 run to take a 28-15 lead with 3:16 left in the half. BSC scored four straight points to end the half trailing 28-19.
Menard hit another three-pointer in the opening seconds of the second half, prompting an 8-0 run that put the Scots up 36-19 with 18:18 left to play. The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes, but the Scots steadily increased their lead down the stretch, extending it to 61-39 with 3:48 left and then scoring seven straight points in the final two minutes to go up 72-43.
Menard led all players with 20 points, while Tayler Smith had 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds, and Kiera Payne scored 10 and dished out five assists for Maryville.
The Panthers turned the ball over 27 times, eight more than the Scots, and struggled shooting the ball, hitting 17-48 (.354) from the field and 2-16 (.125) from three-point range. Maryville shot 27-62 (.435) overall and 8-16 (.500) from beyond the arc. BSC was 7-8 (.875) at the free throw line while Maryville was 10-14 (.714).
Maryville also out-rebounded BSC 39-29.
The Panthers return home this Friday, Nov. 30, to face Emory University at 6 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.