ATLANTA, Ga.—Led by senior Kayla Ford with 14 points and seven rebounds, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team won its third straight game Tuesday evening, defeating Emory on the road 64-45.
BSC moves to 3-1, while the Eagles also fall to 3-1.
The game started out very close, with the lead changing hands seven times throughout the first half and Emory leading by as much as five, 21-16 at the 6:46 mark. However, the Panther offense took off after that, as BSC proceeded to use a 12-2 run to end the half with a 28-23 lead. A three-pointer from senior Bria Dupree in the opening minute of the second half put the Panthers up 31-23 and set the tone for the second period. BSC steadily built up its lead, using a series of short scoring runs to go up by as much as 25 late in the game before coming away with the 19-point win.
Ford's 14 points led all scorers, and she shot 6-8 from the field. Senior Sydney McClendon added 11 points off the bench, and junior Ashley Curry recorded 10 points as well as a game-high four assists and four steals. Ford and senior Diamond Elston led with seven rebounds each, and BSC committed only 11 turnovers, a season low.
The Panthers out-shot the Eagles in every category, and also held a slight edge in rebounding, 40-39.
BSC opens Southern Athletic Association play this Sunday, Nov. 30, traveling to Jackson, Miss., to face Millsaps at 3 p.m.