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Panthers fall to Hendrix, 71-61

Melanie Short

CONWAY, Ark.—Despite a late-game surge to cut the lead to single digits, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost on the road to Hendrix College, 71-61, Sunday afternoon in Conway, Ark.

The Panthers stay even on the year at 10-10 and fall to 5-6 in the SCAC, while the Warriors move to 6-13 overall and 5-6 in the league.

Hendrix jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first four minutes of the game and would never trail. The Warriors led 21-14 at the 10:15 mark, after which they went on a 12-0 run and out-scored BSC 25-11 in the last 10 minutes of the first half, taking a 46-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Panthers started to slowly chip away at Hendrix's lead in the second half, cutting it down to 11, three times, and using an 8-0 run to cut it to five, 57-52, with 3:23 left in the game. BSC went cold after that, though, and Hendrix out-scored the Panthers 9-2 to go back up by 12 with 1:16 left. BSC cut it back to eight, 69-61, with 24 seconds left before Hendrix hit two more free throws down the stretch to help clinch the 71-61 victory.

Junior Melanie Short led BSC with 16 points and 11 rebounds, followed by senior Ashton Spurgin with 10 points. Senior Sam Davidson led with five assists.

The Panthers hit 21-of-57 (.368) from the field but only 1-of-18 (.056) from three-point range, while the Warriors shot 21-of-53 (.396) overall and 6-of-18 (.333) from beyond the arc.

Hendrix out-rebounded BSC by one, 36-35, but also committed one more turnover than the Panthers with 14.

BSC is on the road again next weekend, facing Millsaps on Friday in Jackson, Miss., and Rhodes on Sunday in Memphis.