Brown leads BSC past Agnes Scott College, 66-62

Kelsey Brown (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Led by sophomore Kelsey Brown with 16 points, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team notched a home victory against Agnes Scott College Tuesday evening, winning 66-62 in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 4-2, while the Scotties drop to 0-6.

The first half was back-and-forth most of the way, with four ties and 12 lead changes. Agnes Scott saw its largest lead early, going up by five at the 16:00 mark, and the Panthers used a 10-1 run after the 21-21 mark to go up 31-22 for their largest lead of the half with 1:49 left. The Scotties cut it back to four with a layup and a three-pointer, but a Brown jumper with one second left put BSC up 33-27 at the half.

BSC would never relinquish the lead in the second half, although ASC kept things interesting, cutting the lead to three with a three-pointer to open the period, and then again at the 18:22 mark, after which the Panthers scored nine straight points to go up 44-32. With BSC leading 46-34 at the 14:33 mark, the Scotties responded with nine straight points of their own to cut it back to three yet again, 46-43 with 11:22 left in the game.

Although the Panthers retained the lead, Agnes Scott stayed on their heels, cutting it to two, 51-49, with 9:18 left. BSC again responded with a scoring run, using 10 straight points to go up 61-49 over the next five minutes. The Scotties clawed back over the final minutes, scoring eight straight points after a 64-54 BSC lead to cut it to 64-62 with 33 seconds left in the game. The Panthers got the ball back after two made free throw to cap off the run and sophomore Jane Romano found the basket with 18 seconds remaining to put BSC back up by four. The Scotties turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, helping to clinch the victory for the Panthers.

Brown led BSC with 16 points on 6-10 shooting from the field, and she also had a game-high six assists. Junior Diamond Elston scored 12 points off the bench, going 5-9, and senior Elizabeth Bromirski led with five rebounds. Elston and Bromirski also had three steals apiece.

For Agnes Scott, Breonca Hackney led with 16 points, followed by Courtney Kelson with 15 and Destiny Freeman with 13. Hackney also had a double-double with 10 rebounds, and Miranda Arnold also pulled down 10 boards. Care Bacon led with four assists, and Kelson led with four steals.

The Panthers out-shot the Scotties from the field, hitting 25-52 (48.1 percent) to ASC's 21-53 (39.6 percent), but the Panthers were only 3-11 (27.3 percent) from three-point range while the Scotties were 3-8 (37.5 percent). BSC also struggled somewhat at the free throw line, hitting 13-21 (61.9 percent) while ASC was 17-24 (70.8 percent).

Agnes Scott out-rebounded BSC 38-29 but committed 26 turnovers, five more than the Panthers.

BSC is off for the next 10 days for final exams before returning to action at home on Saturday, Dec. 14, hosting Piedmont College at 2 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.