Panther women fall to Rhodes, 78-53

Jasmynn Batts (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Jasmynn Batts (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost on the road Friday evening, falling to Rhodes 78-53 in Memphis, Tenn.

The Panthers fell to 10-14 overall and 3-10 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Lynx moved to 17-7 overall and 8-5 in the SAA.

BSC would never lead in the game, falling behind 10-2 after only a little more than three minutes of action thanks to the Lynx hitting both free throw attempts and knocking down each of their four attempts from the field. The Panthers would battle back to within striking distance with a three-pointer from junior Ashley Curry at the 9:21 mark, bringing the score to 23-19. The two squads exchanged three-pointers as BSC would again trim the lead to four after junior Halle Knowles drained a three of her own to make it 26-22 with 8:21 remaining until halftime. Rhodes closed out the half on an 18-5 run to claim a 44-27 halftime advantage, however, and would carry that momentum into the second half, leading by as many as 29 with 4:52 left in the game.

Sophomore Jasmynn Batts led the Panthers in scoring and rebounding with 15 points and six rebounds. BSC struggled offensively, shooting 19-59 (32.2 percent) from the field and 3-17 (17.6 percent) from three-point range.

BSC and Rhodes each pulled down 35 rebounds, while Rhodes had five players in double digit scoring, led by Sarah Johnson with 21.

BSC finishes the regular season at Hendrix on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The SAA Championship will begin next Friday, Feb. 27, hosted by Millsaps, who clinched the regular season title this evening with a win against Hendrix. The Panthers will play as the eighth seed, facing Millsaps in the first round.