ROME, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team remained undefeated and moved to its best start in program history on Tuesday evening, defeating Emory 64-56 in the Berry College Classic in Rome, Ga.
The Panthers moved to 8-0 for the best start in program history; the previous best was a 7-0 start in the 2000-01 inaugural season. The Eagles fell to 6-2, with their only losses of the season to BSC after the Panthers defeated Emory 54-44 on Nov. 20.
The game was close nearly the whole way, featuring seven ties and 10 lead changes. BSC led 19-18 after the first quarter before the Eagles led 14-13 in the second for a 32-32 tie at the half.
Emory pulled out to a 41-37 lead mid-way through the third quarter before the Panthers ended the period on a 7-0 run to pull ahead 44-41.
After a three-pointer from Khadijah Sayyid to open the fourth period and tie things up 44-44, the Panthers put together an 11-0 run to pull ahead 55-44 with 5:31 left to play. Emory cut it back to a four-point deficit, 60-56, with 3:00 left, but BSC held the Eagles scoreless after that while scoring four points down the stretch to win by eight.
Senior Yorisha Bryant recorded her third double-double of the year, posting a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 6-13 from the field and 9-10 at the free throw line. Bryant also had five steals. Senior Halle Knowles also added 18 points, and junior Jasmynn Batts led with four assists.
BSC is in action again tomorrow, facing Louisiana College at 3 p.m. ET.