Women's Basketball opens season with 72-37 rout of Wesleyan

Elizabeth Bromirski (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team opened the 2013-14 season on Saturday afternoon at home with a 72-37 victory against Wesleyan, giving Head Coach Rena Holden a win in her debut at the helm of the Panthers.

BSC scored the first bucket of the game and would never relinquish its lead, building up to a 15-point lead, 25-10, by the 6:50 mark of the first half and going up by as much as 19, 36-17, before taking a 36-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. The second half was more of the same, with the Panthers pulling up by 20 within the first two minutes and leading by as much as 37 before winning by 35.

Senior Elizabeth Bromirski led all players with 19 points on 7-14 shooting, and she had a double-double with 11 rebounds. Junior newcomer Diamond Elston was impressive in her debut for the Panthers, recording a game-high 16 rebounds with nine points and three blocks. Sophomore newcomer Ashley Curry led with five assists, and she and freshman Jasmynn Batts led with three steals apiece.

Wesleyan was led by Krysta Woods with nine points, and four different Wolves had a team-high four rebounds each. Kellie Bacon led with four assists, and Jasmine Davis had three steals to lead Wesleyan.

Both teams struggled with shooting from the field, although BSC out-shot the Wolves from the field and from three-point range. The Panthers hit 34.7 percent (25-72) overall, 28.6 percent (8-28) from three-point range, and 60.9 percent (14-23) at the free throw line. Wesleyan shot 27.9 percent (12-43) overall, went 0-9 from beyond the arc, and 65 percent (13-20) at the line.

BSC pulled down 56 rebounds, 24 more than the Wolves, and turned it over 20 times, 12 times less than Wesleyan.

The Panthers are at home again on Monday evening, hosting Oakwood University at 5:30 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.