Women's Basketball downs Lynchburg in NCAA first round, 56-50

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

MARYVILLE, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team made its first post-season appearance Friday evening and defeated Lynchburg College, 56-50, in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Championship, hosted by Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.

The Panthers move to 25-3 on the year, while the Hornets end their season at 24-5.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With the exception of two ties, BSC led for the entire game, although Lynchburg stayed close nearly the whole time.
  • The Panthers led 13-10 at the end of the first period and 19-17 at the half.
  • BSC opened the third period with a 14-2 run, going up 33-19 by the 5:13 mark, and led 43-30 heading into the final quarter.
  • The Panthers led by as much as 16 in the fourth period before the Hornets fought back to cut it to six by the final buzzer.

NOTABLE

  • This is BSC's first NCAA post-season appearance in the 16-year history of the program.
  • Junior Jasmynn Batts led all players with 21 points, shooting 7-12 from the field.
  • Senior Yorisha Bryant posted her 13th double-double of the season with 16 points on 8-15 shooting and 13 rebounds; she also led with four blocks.
  • Senior Halle Knowles led with five assists and four steals.

UP NEXT

  • BSC faces No. 12 Maryville tomorrow in the round of 32 at 6 p.m. EST; the Scots knocked off No. 19 Mary Washington in the later game this evening, 67-56.