BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Holding off a late-game surge, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team remained unbeaten with a 59-50 win against Belhaven, Tuesday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers moved to 6-0, achieving the program's best start since the inaugural 2000-01 team opened its season at 7-0. The Blazers fell to 2-5.
After a slow start by both teams, BSC pulled out to a 5-0 lead and then led 14-3 after the first period.
The Panthers maintained a double-digit lead for almost the entire second period as well, going up by as much as 17, twice, before the Blazers cut it to nine, 33-24, at the half, courtesy of a 12-4 run over the final 2:37.
BSC kept a comfortable lead through the third period as well, and led 49-39 heading into the final 10-minute stanza.
Belhaven rallied to open the fourth period, cutting the BSC lead to one, 49-48, with 3:15 remaining, but BSC held strong, scoring five straight points to go back up by six, and ending the game on a 10-2 run for the nine-point victory.
Senior Halle Knowles led BSC with 15 points, followed by senior Ashley Curry with 13 and senior Yorisha Bryant with 12. Bryant led on the boards with nine rebounds and had three blocks, and Knowles led with five steals.
Sierra Pittman led Belhaven with a game-high 18 points on 8-10 shooting.
BSC is back in action tomorrow, Dec. 16, traveling to Holly Springs, Miss., to face Rust at 5:30 p.m.