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BSC hangs on to defeat Southwestern, 78-71

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team defeated Southwestern University, 78-71, Friday night at home in the Bill Battle Coliseum.

BSC moves to 13-6 overall and 8-2 in the SCAC, and remains undefeated at home (10-0), while Southwestern fell to 13-6 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

Southwestern scored first with a three-pointer from Anna Fareed, and held the lead for the first three-and-a-half minutes of the game, only to turn over the lead to BSC with a layup from Sam Davidson with 16:28 left to play in the first period. The Panthers would hold the lead for the remainder of the half, leading 30-18 at halftime.

The Panthers came out and scored first to start the second half, eventually spreading the lead to a 21-point margin, 60-39, with 8:27 left to play in the second period. Southwestern rallied in the closing minutes, cutting the lead to seven, 78-71, with six seconds left, but the Panthers held on and came away with the victory.

Senior Katelyn Wilson led BSC with 16 points, followed by juniors Sam Davidson and Ashton Spurgin with 13 points each. Spurgin led with eight rebounds, and also tied sophomore Erin Moore with two assists.

BSC out-shot Southwestern both from the field (47.2 to 40.6 percent) and from three-point range (35 to 27.3 percent). The Panthers were also more successful at the free throw line, hitting 80.8 percent to Southwestern's 76.5 percent.

BSC out-rebounded the Pirates, 47-25, and both teams struggled with turnovers (BSC had 27; Southwestern had 17).

The Panthers are back at home again tomorrow night, taking on Trinity University in a 6 p.m. doubleheader.