Women's Basketball drops season opener to Piedmont, 68-65

Kayla Ford (photo by Cari Dean)
Kayla Ford (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team opened its season Saturday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum, losing to Piedmont College 68-65.

With the exception of an early 2-2 tie, the Lions led for the entire first half, taking a 28-24 lead into the locker room at the break. Piedmont stayed just ahead of BSC to open the second half as well, before the Panthers finally took over the lead at the 17:10 mark, 33-32, on a layup and free throw by senior Kayla Ford for three of her team-high 17 points.

BSC held onto the lead for the next 15 minutes, going up by as much as seven before the Lions hit three straight shots around the three-minute mark to pull ahead 61-59. The Panthers tied it up with two free throws from sophomore Jasmynn Batts, but Piedmont pulled back ahead after that and held on for the five-point victory.

Ford was 8-14 from the field to lead BSC with 17 points, tying her career high. Freshman Alexandra Allers led the Panthers off the bench with eight rebounds, while junior Ashley Curry led with a game-high six assists.

BSC is at home again this Thursday, Nov. 20, hosting Huntingdon at 5 p.m. as part of an Autism Awareness event. The men will also take on Huntingdon at 7 p.m. immediately following the women's game.