Panthers fall to Piedmont on the road, 63-59

DEMOREST, Ga.—In a game that was close throughout the first half and much of the second, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, losing 63-59 to Piedmont on the road Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers fall to 2-1, while Piedmont moves to 3-1.

The first half featured seven ties and several lead changes, as the teams stayed neck-and-neck with neither one leading by more than six. The Lions led 32-28 at halftime.

Piedmont started to pull ahead in the second half, going up by nine quickly and then leading by as much as 16, 49-33, with 11:13 left in the game. But the Panthers slowly chipped away at the lead, cutting it back to five, 57-52, with 3:37 to play and then two, 61-59, on a three-pointer by junior Kayla Ford with 22 seconds remaining. BSC was forced to foul and send the Lions to the free throw line, though, where Symone Ball hit both to put Piedmont back up by four with 15 seconds left. BSC missed two jumpers on their final possession before time expired, giving the Lions the 63-59 victory.

Ford led the Panthers with 12 points, while senior Elizabeth Bromirski and sophomore Ashley Curry each had 11 points. Bromirski led with eight rebounds and two blocks.

The Panthers struggled offensively, shooting 29.6 percent (16-54) from the field and 35 percent (7-20) from three-point range. BSC was 69 percent (20-29) from the line.

The Lions out-rebounded BSC 41-33, and BSC also committed 17 turnovers, three more than Piedmont.

The Panthers are back in action next Sunday as they host conference rival Millsaps at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.