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December 29, 2011

BSC downs Blackburn, 75-43, in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team returned to action after an 11-day break for the holidays and defeated Blackburn College, 75-43, Thursday afternoon in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, hosted by Huntingdon.

The Panthers even their record at 5-5 on the season, while Blackburn falls to 0-10.

With the exception of the first two minutes of the first half, BSC led for the entire game, building up to a 10-point lead by the 10:23 mark and a 20-point lead by the 6:01 mark. The Panthers led 43-18 at the half.

BSC kept its large lead for the entire second half, leading by as much as 32, twice, including at the final buzzer.

Juniors Melanie Short and Erin Moore led with 13 points each, followed by sophomore Elizabeth Bromirski with 11 points and junior Alex Adams with 10. Senior Ashton Spurgin led with seven rebounds, and senior Sam Davison led with four assists.

The Panthers out-shot Blackburn from the field, 42.5 percent (31-of-73) to 27.8 percent (15-of-54), and from three-point range, 24.1 percent (7-of-29) to 10 percent (1-of-10). BSC went 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from the free throw line.

BSC out-rebounded Blackburn 50-37, and committed fewer turnovers with 15 to Blackburn's 23.

The Panthers are back in action in the Classic tomorrow at 3 p.m., facing Meredith College.