January 25, 2013

BSC women defeat Berry at home, 64-63

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A last-second shot by junior Elizabeth Bromirski clinched the victory for the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team as it defeated Berry College, 64-63, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 8-10 overall and 3-4 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Vikings fall to 9-8 overall and 4-3 in the SAA.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, with five ties and several lead changes over the first 10 minutes of play, BSC pulled ahead, a lead that would not be relinquished until the closing seconds of the second half. The Panthers slowly expanded the lead to 11, 38-27, at halftime.

BSC opened the second half with a layup to achieve its largest lead of the game, 40-27, and clung to a modest lead for the next 15 minutes. The Panthers led by 10, 58-48, with 5:33 left to play, and went cold after that, with Berry scoring 10 unanswered points to tie it up, 58-58, with 1:41 left in the game. The teams traded baskets after that to tie it up 60-60 with 1:18 left, and Berry then sent BSC to the free throw line, where Short made both to give the Panthers a 62-60 lead with 53 seconds left.

The Vikings were unable to score on their next possession, but BSC fouled Tara Mullinax, who made one-of-two, leaving the Panthers with a 62-61 lead with 21 seconds left. Berry quickly fouled BSC on the next possession, and Bromirski missed the front end of a one-and-one with 13 seconds on the clock. Mullinax pulled down the rebound and Chanlir Segarra made a layup with seven seconds to play, putting Berry ahead for the first time since early in the first half, 63-62. The Panthers drove the ball down the court quickly, and with less than one second on the clock, Bromirski hit a jumper from the right wing to put the Panthers up 64-63. Berry was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer, giving BSC the one-point victory.

Short led the Panthers with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Senior Caroline King led with five assists, and she and freshman Kelsey Brown led with three steals apiece.

Mullinax and Alexa Evans led the Vikings with 15 points each, followed by Mel McLean with 12 and Segarra with 11. Mullinax also led with nine rebounds, and Segarra led with six steals and three assists.

BSC shot 28-68 (.412) from the field and struggled from three-point range, hitting 3-22 (.136). The Panthers were 5-8 (.625) from the free throw line.

Berry struggled offensively, shooting 21-63 (.333) overall and 4-24 (.167) from beyond the arc, and the Vikings were 17-23 (.739) at the line.

BSC out-rebounded Berry 45-40 but turned the ball over 21 times, four more than the Vikings.

The Panthers are at home again on Sunday, facing Oglethorpe at 1 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.