Women's Basketball falls to Rhodes, 75-71

Alex Adams
Alex Adams

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost its second straight game Saturday, falling to Rhodes College in Memphis, 75-71.

The Panthers fall to 14-9 overall and 9-5 in the SCAC, while the Lynx move to 9-13 overall and 6-8 in conference play.

Rhodes jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game and led by as much as 13, 22-9, at the 10:28 mark before the Panthers, helped by an 11-0 lead in the closing minutes of the half, pulled ahead and led 36-33 at halftime.

The Lynx came out and scored the first nine points of the second half to re-take the lead, 42-36, with 16:52 left in the game. BSC clawed its way back into the lead at the 15:07 mark, 45-44, and stayed ahead for the next nine minutes, going up by as much as nine, 58-49, with 10:54 left.

But Rhodes kept fighting, taking back the lead at the 5:54 mark. The Panthers were able to tie it up, 69-69, with 2:24 remaining, but that was the closest they would come, as the Lynx were able to stay one step ahead of them and eventually win by four.

Sophomore Alex Adams led with 18 points, while junior Ashton Spurgin added 14 and senior Katelyn Wilson scored 10. Junior Kristian Moody led with six rebounds, and sophomore Melanie Short led with four assists.

The Panthers shot 27-of-69 (39.1 percent) from the field, 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) from the free throw line. Rhodes shot better from the field (50 percent) and three-point range (40 percent) but struggled at the line, hitting 9-of-16 (56.3 percent).

BSC out-rebounded Rhodes, 35-31, and committed fewer turnovers with 12 (Rhodes had 14).

The Panthers return home for the final two games of the season next weekend, facing DePauw, Friday, at 6 p.m., and Centre, Sunday, at noon.