January 31, 2014

Bromirski's career-high 29 points propel BSC past Berry, 94-89

ROME, Ga.—Led by senior Elizabeth Bromirski's career-high 29 points, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team defeated Berry College on the road, 94-89, Friday evening in Rome, Ga.

The Panthers move to 8-10 overall and 4-3 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Vikings fall to 10-8 overall and 3-4 in the SAA.

The teams played to several ties in the first half and there were several lead changes to keep things fairly close. Berry led by as much as eight, 44-36, with 2:54 left in the half but an 8-0 run by the Panthers tied things up 44-44, and the score was knotted at 46-46 at halftime.

BSC scored six straight points to open the second half, and kept a small lead until the 11:39 mark when Berry tied it up 65-65 and then pulled ahead on a layup and a free throw by Chanlir Segarra. The teams traded the lead four more times after that, and the Vikings pulled ahead 89-86 with 2:23 remaining. Junior Kayla Ford made two straight layups to put the Panthers back in the lead, 90-89, with 1:02 left on the clock, and BSC held onto the lead down the stretch, hitting 4-6 at the free throw line while holding Berry scoreless in the last 2:23 of the game.

Bromirski was 10-22 from the field and 7-8 at the free throw line, leading all players with her career-high 29 points. Freshman Laura van Peursem led with 10 rebounds, and four different Panthers had three assists apiece. Sophomore Kelsey Brown scored 19 points off the bench, and sophomore Ashley Curry had 12 points.

Mel McLean had 27 points for Berry, leading five players in double figure scoring, as well as a game-high 14 rebounds. Valerie McLure was also impressive for the Vikings with 11 rebounds and eight assists.

The Vikings out-shot the Panthers in every category, but BSC out-rebounded Berry 42-38 while committing a season-low seven turnovers, fewer than half that of the Vikings with 15.

The Panthers stay in Georgia for their next game, facing SAA foe Oglethorpe on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.