Panther women fall to Millsaps at home, 63-51

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team wrapped up a six-game home stand with a 63-51 loss to Millsaps, Saturday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers fall to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Majors move to 8-7 overall and 4-0 in the SAA.

Play stayed close throughout the first half, although Millsaps kept a small lead for a majority of the time, never leading by more than seven. BSC tied it up 28-28 with 3:53 left in the half, and the score was tied 30-30 at halftime.

Shooting woes plagued BSC in the second half, with the Panthers shooting 5-26 (.192) and going 0-8 from three-point range. The Majors scored seven straight points to open the half, and would keep a lead for the duration of the game. The Panthers cut it to three, twice, early on, but Millsaps held onto its lead and expanded it to 11, 58-47, by the 3:45 mark. BSC was able to come as close as seven, 58-51, with 2:11 left to play, but the Majors expanded the lead back out to 12 by the end of regulation.

Seniors Alex Adams and Melanie Short led BSC with 10 points apiece off the bench. Adams led with nine rebounds, Short led with four steals, and freshman Kelsey Brown led with four assists.

For Millsaps, Makayla Roberson led with 12 points, followed by Velvet Johnson and Shante Morton with 11 points apiece. Miah Brooks led on the boards with nine rebounds, and Samantha Perez led with three assists.

Millsaps shot 22-60 (.367) overall and 6-19 (.316) from beyond the arc, while the Panthers shot 15-50 (.300) overall and 1-15 (.067) from long-range. BSC fared better at the free throw line, going 20-24 (.833) to Millsaps' 13-17 (.765).

The Majors out-rebounded the Panthers 42-36, and turnovers were even at 15 for each team.

BSC is on the road for its next two games, traveling next weekend to face Hendrix, Jan. 18, and Rhodes, Jan. 20.