MOBILE, Ala.—Despite a second-half surge to cut the Mobile lead to one with under six minutes left to play, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team was unable to defeat the Rams, losing 66-54 on the road Tuesday evening.
The Panthers fall to 2-7, while Mobile moves to 6-6.
After a close start in the first two minutes, Mobile used a fast 13-2 run to pull ahead 17-6 by the 15:06 mark of the first half. The Rams stayed a few steps ahead of BSC until the final five minutes, with the Panthers cutting it to two, 29-27, before Mobile out-scored BSC 11-2 down the stretch to lead 40-29 at the half.
The Rams achieved their largest lead of the game, 45-29, in the first three minutes of the second half, but the Panthers fought back, using a 17-2 run over the next 12 minutes to cut the Mobile lead to one, 47-46, with 5:54 remaining. The Rams maintained their lead, however, and although the Panthers trailed by only three, 54-51, with 4:13 left to play, Mobile out-scored BSC 12-3 after that to win by 12.
Deonica McCormick led Mobile with 22 points, while Shontae Dillon and Shaunette Battle had 10 points apiece.
The Panthers struggled offensively, shooting 19-62 (.306) from the field and 3-23 (.130) from beyond the arc. Mobile shot 29-69 (.420) overall and 3-17 (.176) from long-range. BSC hit 13-18 (.722) from the free throw line, though, while the Rams hit only 5-13 (.385).
BSC out-rebounded Mobile 50-37, but committed 23 turnovers to the Rams' 14.
The Panthers return home after Christmas, hosting the Sheraton Birmingham Classic, Dec. 29 and 30. BSC takes on Wesleyan on Dec. 29 and Centenary on Dec. 30, both at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.