No. 16 Emory downs BSC at home, 82-59

Melanie Short
Melanie Short

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Despite shooting nearly 48 percent from the field, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team was unable to hold off No. 16 Emory, losing 82-59 Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Eagles remain undefeated at 6-0 on the season, while the Panthers fall to 1-4.

The game was close for the first 10 minutes, with neither team leading by more than four. At the 10:58 mark, however, Emory led 13-12 and proceeded to score 11 straight points to open up a double-digit lead that they would hang onto for the remainder of the game. The Eagles led 34-20 at the half, and then increased their lead to 20+ within the first four minutes of the second half, going up 46-25 at the 16:53 mark. Emory stayed aggressive for the duration of the contest, shooting over 63 percent in the second half, and led by as much as 32, 81-49, with 3:15 remaining before winning 82-59.

Senior Melanie Short led BSC with 15 points on 6-10 shooting, followed by senior Caroline King with 11. Senior Alex Adams led with nine rebounds, and freshman Kelsey Brown, making her debut in Bill Battle Coliseum after missing the first three games of the season with a concussion, led with four assists.

BSC shot 19-40 (.475) from the field and 5-14 (.357) from three-point range, and hit 16-21 (.762) at the free throw line.

Emory shot 32-64 (.500) overall, 10-25 (.400) from long-range, and 8-13 (.615) from the line. Danielle Landry led all players with 16 points, going 7-8 from the field, followed by Hannah Lilly and Misha Jackson with 14 points apiece and Savannah Morgan with 12 points and five assists. Jackson also led with five rebounds.

BSC led on the boards, 31-27, but turned the ball over 25 times to Emory's 10.

The Panthers are back at home twice next week, facing Oakwood University on Monday and AUM on Tuesday, both at 6 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.