DANVILLE, Ky.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost on the road Friday evening, falling to conference rival Centre College, 80-70.
The Panthers fell to 7-6 overall and 0-2 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Colonels moved to 6-6 overall and 2-0 in the SAA.
Centre led for the first 17 minutes of the game, with BSC finally gaining the lead, 30-29, at the 3:02 mark on a jumper by sophomore Jasmynn Batts. The teams traded baskets, with the Panthers pulling up by two, 33-31, at the 1:40 mark, before the teams took a 37-37 tie into the locker rooms at the half.
The second half started out close as well, with four ties in the first six minutes. The Panthers led 49-48 at the 14:39 mark when Centre used a 13-1 run to pull ahead for good, going up 61-50 with 8:12 remaining. The Colonels held on to the lead for the rest of the game, with BSC only coming as close as eight before Centre won by 10, 80-70.
Senior Kayla Ford led with 22 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for her second straight double-double, while Batts added 11 points and a team-high three assists off the bench.
Centre's Maggie Hartlage led all players with 23 points, with four other Colonels also scoring in double digits.
Centre shot 54.9 percent from the field, their second-best showing of the season, as compared to BSC's 38.2 percent. The Panthers held the edge in rebounding, though, 41-32, and tied their season-low turnovers mark with 11.
BSC is on the road again this Sunday, facing Sewanee at 1 p.m. in Sewanee, Tenn.