ATLANTA, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team dropped a tight road conference affair Sunday afternoon, losing 84-73 to Oglethorpe at Dorough Field House in Atlanta, Ga.
With the loss BSC is now 9-12 on the year and 2-8 in the Southern Athletic Association. Oglethorpe moves to 11-9 overall and 3-7 in the conference standings.
BSC weathered a pair of Oglethorpe runs early in the first half to stay within striking distance. The host Stormy Petrels raced out to a 13-2 lead just four minutes into the contest, only to see the Panthers cut that lead to three after an 11-3 run by the Panthers, capped off by a three-pointer from senior Kayla Ford, brought the score to 16-13 at the 11:14 mark. Oglethorpe then rattled off five unanswered points to claim a 21-13 lead with ten minutes left in the opening half only to see that lead disappear six minutes later when sophomore Jasmynn Batts converted a three point play the old fashioned way when her foul shot evened the game at 28 with 4:07 left. Both squads traded baskets in the closing minutes of the half before the Panthers claimed a 38-37 advantage at halftime.
BSC carried the momentum into the second half, pushing their lead to five at 47-22 with 15:33 left in the game. With the game tied at 57 each at the 9:26 mark, Oglethorpe pulled ahead for good, using a 27-16 final run to put the game away and claim the victory.
The BSC effort was highlighted by a career-high 23 points from Batts and Ford's fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
BSC was 33 percent (23-70) from the field and shot 25 percent (5-20) from three-point range. The Panthers were also 22-34 (64.7 percent) from the free throw line. The Petrels shot 40.7 percent (22-54) overall, 35.7 percent (5-14) from long range, and 74.5 percent (35-47) at the line.
BSC narrowly out-rebounded Oglethorpe 47-45 and outscored the Petrels 34-26 in the paint.
The Panthers return home next weekend for the final home games of the season, hosting Centre on Friday at 6 p.m. and Sewanee on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday's game will be Senior Day for Ford, Bria Dupree, Alexis Adams, Diamond Elston, and Sydney McLendon.