Panther women fall to Sewanee, 71-53

Panther women fall to Sewanee, 71-53

SEWANEE, Tenn.—A career-high 21 points from sophomore Jasmynn Batts was not enough for the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team as the Panthers dropped a 71-53 Southern Athletic Association contest to Sewanee, Sunday afternoon at Juhan Gymnasium in Sewanee, Tenn.

BSC falls to 7-7 on the season and 0-3 in conference play. Sewanee now stands at 8-4 overall and 1-2 in the SAA.

The Panthers kept Sewanee within reach for most of the first half until a 14-4 run over the last 6:51 propelled the host team to a 32-13 halftime advantage.

BSC ran a far more potent offense in the second half, highlighted by effective shooting from beyond the arc, knocking down 7 of 12 three-pointers. Sophomore Breanne DeBaets joined Batts as the only two Panthers to be perfect from the outside, hitting both of their three-point attempts. Sewanee maintained its lead, however, going up by as much as 26 before coming away with the victory.

Batts led all players with her 21 points, going 7-16 from the field, while senior Kayla Ford added 10 points. Junior guard Ashley Curry led on the boards with seven rebounds and also led with three steals. Batts also led with three assists.

Five different Tigers scored in double figures, led by Casey Hassett with 18 points on an 8-11 shooting performance.

BSC shot 25 percent (18-72) from the field, their second-lowest performance of the year, but shot a season-high 47.1 percent (8-17) from three-point range. The Panthers were also 9-13 (69.2 percent) from the free throw line. The Tigers shot 43.9 percent (25-57) overall, 40 percent (6-15) from long range, and 57.7 percent (15-26) at the line.

Sewanee narrowly out-rebounded BSC 48-45 and committed three fewer turnovers than the Panthers with 14.

BSC returns home to host Millsaps this Saturday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.