Kaiser leads BSC past Oglethorpe with career-high 18 points

Stefanie Kaiser (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Stefanie Kaiser (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Led by senior Stefanie Kaiser with a career-high 18 points, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team defeated Oglethorpe at home, 63-50, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 9-10 overall and 4-4 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Stormy Petrels fall to 4-15 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

Oglethorpe started the game with two straight baskets and held a small lead until the 8:45 mark when a three-pointer from Kaiser put BSC up 14-12. The Panthers pulled out to a 17-12 lead at the 5:59 mark, but the Petrels cut it to 19-18 a little over a minute later, after which BSC scored 10 straight unanswered points to end the half with a 28-18 lead.

In the second half, OU cut it to 31-23 at the 18:09 mark, which was the closest they would come for the remainder of the game. BSC put together a 12-0 run after that to go up 43-23 by the 14-minute mark, and led by as much as 23, twice, in the ensuing minutes before eventually winning by 13.

Kaiser's career-high 18 points led all players. She shot 6-9, all from three-point range. Seniors Melanie Short and Alex Adams led on the boards with eight rebounds apiece, and sophomore Kayla Ford led with six assists. Freshman Jane Romano also had three steals.

Gabby Cole led Oglethorpe with 15 points, followed by Kalin Williams with 13 and a game-high 12 rebounds. Williams also led with four assists.

BSC shot 24-56 (.429) from the field, including 14-28 (.500) in the second half, and 10-23 (.435) from three-point range. The Panthers were 5-6 (.833) at the free throw line.

The Petrels struggled offensively, hitting 20-69 (.290) overall and 5-27 (.185) from long-range. OU was also 5-6 (.833) at the free throw line.

OU out-rebounded BSC 44-39 and also committed two fewer turnovers with 11 to the Panthers' 13.

The Panthers are at home next weekend for the final home stand of the season, hosting Hendrix on Friday at 6 p.m. and Rhodes on Sunday at 1 p.m.