BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team fell 83-72 in double overtime to Hendrix College Friday night. It was the Panthers fourth overtime game of the season, second straight in conference play. They moved to 8-7 overall and 2-2 in Southern Athletic Association action.
Emilee Olsen (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter HS) earned a double-double to lead with team-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds, despite fouling out in the fourth quarter. Three others picked up double-digit points. Leah Middleton (Decatur, Ga./St. Pius X HS) tied a career-high with 15. And Christian McGowan (Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain HS) and Elizabeth Philpot (Birmingham, Ala./Spain Park HS) finished with 13 and 10 points each, respectively.
BSC trailed by as much as 12 points in the contest before coming back. They used serious momentum in the fourth quarter to tie the game up and take the lead. The score would tie twice more before the Panthers took a 59-56 lead with under two minutes to play.
The Warriors continued to fight, tying the game up after getting the put back on a missed and-one opportunity. BSC got a crucial rebound with six seconds left and pushed up the court. McGowan found a speeding Middleton in the paint, but she missed the contested layup and the follow up from Kaitlin Hogan (Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS) fell off the front of the rim as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
The teams played tight in the first bonus stretch. Tied 68-68, BSC had possession with 49.8 seconds on the game clock and 19 seconds on the shot clock when coach Mike Ricks called back-to-back timeouts to setup a play. A running jumper by Hogan didn't go and Hendrix took over with under 30 left.
Philpot got a big block under the basket to prevent the go ahead, but the Panthers were unable to convert after they got the rebound and the teams headed into a second overtime.
Hendrix scored eight quick points to take the 76-68 lead. Middleton ended the Panthers drought on a drive to the basket with 2:49 on the clock. But the Warriors responded with another run to take the win.
BSC remains at home for their next contest. They welcome Rhodes College into Bill Battle Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 14 for a doubleheader with the men's team. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.