Late surge not enough for Panthers in 73-67 loss to Oglethorpe

photo by Jimmy Mitchell
photo by Jimmy Mitchell

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A strong push in the second half was not enough as the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team dropped a home conference tilt to Oglethorpe, 73-67, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers now stand at 7-10 for the season and 0-6 in the Southern Athletic Association. Oglethorpe improved to 6-11 overall and 1-5 in the conference with the win.

Down 33-20 with 5:16 remaining in the first half, junior Halle Knowles knocked down a pair of three-pointers, a layup, and a free throw to key a 19-12 BSC run to cut the Oglethorpe lead to six at the half.

The BSC comeback effort continued in the second half as the Panthers took their first lead of the afternoon on a layup from senior Kayla Ford with 9:25 remaining in the contest. Three lead changes and two ties later another layup from Ford with 5:17 left in the game gave the Panthers their largest lead of the game at 62-59. Unfortunately for BSC, Oglethorpe would close the game on a 14-5 run to create a six-point margin of victory that matched their lead at the half.

Sophomore Breanne DeBaets led the Panthers with 17 points off the bench, while sophomore Laura van Peursem led the squad on the boards with 11 rebounds. BSC shot 31.8 percent (21-66) from the field and 30.4 percent (7-23) from three-point range while hitting 18-32 (56.2 percent) from the free throw line. BSC out-rebounded Oglethorpe 49-46 but committed one more turnover than the Stormy Petrels with 19.

BSC is at home again next weekend for more conference action, hosting Rhodes on Friday at 6 p.m. and Hendrix on Sunday at 1 p.m.