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Rhodes holds off BSC women, 62-57

Rhodes holds off BSC women, 62-57

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—After mounting a fourth-quarter comeback to cut it to two points in the final minute, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team fell to Rhodes, 62-57, Friday evening in Memphis, Tenn.

The Panthers fell to 15-2 overall and 5-2 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Lynx moved to 10-8 overall and 4-3 in the league standings.

The first and second periods were both close the entire way, with the scored tied at 12-12 after the first 10 minutes and Rhodes leading 29-27 at the half.

The Lynx opened the third period on a 10-0 run to pull ahead 39-27, and led by as much as 14, 44-30, at the 1:24 mark before taking a 46-33 lead into the fourth.

The Panthers steadily chipped away at the lead in the fourth, cutting it to four, 55-51, with 35 seconds left. After a Rhodes free throw, senior Ashley Curry made a layup with 0:27 on the clock to cut it to 56-53. The Lynx went to the free throw line and made both to go back up by five, but a huge three-pointer from senior Halle Knowles cut it to two with 24 seconds remaining.

After two more free throws by the Lynx to go back up by four, Curry went to the free throw line and made one of two to cut it back to three with 14 seconds on the clock. BSC was forced to foul again, and Rhodes made both free throws with 10 seconds remaining. The Panthers got off one final shot, a three-pointer, but it was off the mark.

Senior Yorisha Bryant led with a game-high 18 points, shooting 7-13, and 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season. Knowles added 12 points as well as three assists and three steals, and Curry had 10 points and three assists as well.

Rhodes out-rebounded the Panthers 50-30 for the largest margin of the season.

BSC stays on the road to face Hendrix this Sunday at 1 p.m. in Conway, Ark.