BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Behind a 29-point showing from Lauren Avant, Rhodes College defeated the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team, 74-59, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers fall to 7-10 overall and 3-3 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Lynx move to 13-3 overall and 5-1 in the SAA. Rhodes is now tied with Centre atop the conference standings.
Senior Elizabeth Bromirski led the Panthers with 17 points (on 5-9 shooting) and 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year, while sophomore Jane Romano had 10 points. Avant recorded 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lynx, shooting 7-16 from the field. Rhodes' Symone Daniels led all players with 13 rebounds and also put up 10 points, while Sarah Johnson and Dy'Nelle Todman were also in double digit scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Johnson also led with five assists.
BSC led 4-3 early in the first half and it would turn out to be the Panthers' final lead of the game, as Rhodes pulled out to a 16-point lead by the 9:44 mark and led by 20, 44-24, at the half. The second half was more of the same, as the Lynx maintained a comfortable lead for the duration of the game. BSC was able to put together a 10-0 run to end the game, though, after trailing by 25, 74-49, with 2:33 left, cutting the final score to 74-59.
The Panthers struggled on the boards, pulling down 37 rebounds to Rhodes' 56. Both teams shot similarly percentage-wise, although the Lynx took nearly 20 more shots than BSC, going 22-72 (30.6 percent) to the Panthers' 18-54 (33.3 percent) showing.
Turnovers were also similar with BSC turning the ball over 12 times, only once more than Rhodes.
BSC is on the road for its next four games, beginning with a trip to Georgia next weekend to face Berry on Friday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. ET in Rome, Ga., followed by a date with Oglethorpe on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. ET in Atlanta. The Panthers return home on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, to face Centre at 6 p.m.