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November 27, 2011

Panthers fall to Emory on the road, 72-59

ATLANTA—Overpowered by a hot-shooting Emory squad, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost to the Eagles, 72-59, Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.

The Panthers fall to 3-2 with their third straight loss, while Emory moves to 3-1 with its third straight victory.

The opening minutes of the game were fairly even, with the teams playing to an 8-8 deadlock by the 14:46 mark, but a 20-6 Emory run over the next eight minutes propelled the Eagles to a 28-14 lead with 6:45 left in the half. Emory built three 16-point leads from there before leading by 15 at the break.

Emory kept a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game, although the Panthers scrapped back to within 10 points on three occasions, the final time with 6:46 on the clock following a basket by senior Ashton Spurgin. However,  Emory held BSC to one point over the next five minutes while scoring six points to push the lead back to 15 points before eventually winning by 13.

Junior Caroline King led BSC with 15 points, and she and Spurgin led with nine rebounds apiece. Sophomore Stephanie Stanley also recorded 10 points, and senior Kristian Moody led with five assists.

BSC out-rebounded Emory 35-31 but committed more turnovers with 19 to the Eagles' 14.

The Eagles out-shot the Panthers in every category, hitting 50.8 percent from the field to BSC's 38.3 percent, 31.3 percent from three-point range to BSC's 27.3 percent, and 70 percent at the free throw line to BSC's 63.6 percent.

The Panthers return to Atlanta for their next game, opening Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action against Oglethorpe on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. ET.