BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team remained undefeated on Sunday afternoon, opening conference play with a 68-54 win against Millsaps at home in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers moved to 10-0 overall, the best start in program history since the inaugural 2000-01 squad started at 7-0, and 1-0 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Majors fell to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in the SAA.
With the exception of an early 3-2 lead by Millsaps, BSC led for the entire game. The Panthers led 26-16 by the end of the first period, and then opened the second on a 10-0 run before taking a 38-22 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Panthers maintained a comfortable lead for the entire third period as well, going up by as much as 24, 52-28, at the 4:42 mark for their biggest lead of the game. Millsaps attempted a late-game rally in the fourth; after junior Jameice Holmes hit a three-pointer to open the period and put BSC up 61-39, the Majors used an 11-0 run to cut it to 61-50. BSC hung on to its lead, though, going 3-4 from the field after that point to preserve the victory.
Junior Jasmynn Batts led all players with 20 points on 8-12 shooting, while Holmes had 15 points on 4-6 shooting, including 4-4 from beyond the arc. Senior Yorisha Bryant led on the boards with six rebounds and also scored 10 points. Batts led with five assists as well.
Braxton Thomas led Millsaps with 19 points, and Kim Klunk led with nine rebounds.
BSC out-shot Millsaps from the field and three-point range, and the Panthers shot 14-15 (.933) at the free throw line.
BSC is on the road next weekend in Georgia, continuing conference play against Berry on Friday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. ET, and then Oglethorpe on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. ET. The Panthers return home for a non-conference tilt against Rust College on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m.