BSC women fall to Millsaps at home, 64-44

BSC women fall to Millsaps at home, 64-44

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.

Senior Alexis Adams led the Panthers with 12 points, and was the only player in double digits for BSC. Sophomore Jasmynn Batts led with six rebounds.

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.