BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost at home Saturday afternoon, falling to league-leading Millsaps, 64-44, in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers dropped to 7-8 overall and 0-4 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Majors moved to 12-3 and 4-0 in the conference with their fifth-straight win.
Both teams started out cold offensively, with the first basket not coming until the 17:29 mark, a jump shot from Millsaps' Velvet Johnson. The Majors pulled out to a 9-0 lead before BSC scored its first basket, a jumper by junior Jothani Dixon, at the 11:54 mark. Millsaps kept a comfortable lead the rest of the way, going up by as much as 10 several times, but the Panthers cut the lead back to 24-18 by the end of the half.
The teams traded baskets to open the second half, and BSC cut the lead to five, 30-25, by the 14:47 mark. Millsaps went on a tear after that, however, using a 14-0 run to pull up 44-25 with 7:40 left to play. The Majors maintained a large lead for the remainder of the game, eventually winning 64-44.
Johnson led the Majors with 25 points, while Sam Perez and Kala-Jewel Freeman added 15 points each. Freeman also led all players with 11 rebounds.
Millsaps out-rebounded BSC 40-29 and out-shot the Panthers in every category, shooting 44.2 percent (19-43) from the field, 25 percent (1-4) from three-point range, and 86.2 percent (25-29) from the free throw line. The Panthers struggled offensively, shooting 25.9 percent (14-54) overall, 18.8 percent (3-16) from long range, and 68.4 percent (13-19) at the line.
BSC is at home again next weekend for more conference action, hosting Berry on Friday at 6 p.m. and Oglethorpe on Sunday at 1 p.m.