BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Led by junior Elizabeth Bromirski with a career-high 22 points, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team won its first game of the new year with a 61-58 victory against Sewanee, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers move to 5-7 overall and 1-1 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Tigers fall to 5-5 overall and 0-2 in the league.
Sewanee opened the game with a three-pointer from Jamie Chauvin and the Tigers led for the entire first half, going up by as much as nine, 21-12, at the 10:58 mark. The Panthers used an 8-0 run after that to cut it to 21-20 with 3:32 left in the half, but Sewanee scored five more unanswered points before halftime to lead 26-20.
BSC achieved its first lead of the game three minutes into the second half, 29-28, on a layup from senior Erin Moore, and the Panthers held onto a small lead for the next seven minutes, going up by no more than five at any point. Sewanee reclaimed the lead at the 10:31 mark, and the game was back and forth after that, with the teams playing to five ties, the last, 56-56, with 3:01 left in the game.
Paige Lowe went to the line for the Tigers after that and made both, putting Sewanee back up by two, but a three-pointer from Bromirski gave BSC back the lead, 59-58, with 2:01 left. The Tigers were unable to score on the ensuing two possessions, and a layup by senior Melanie Short with 17 seconds left put BSC up 61-58. Sewanee had one last chance at the buzzer, but the shot was off the mark.
Bromirski led all players with 22 points on 9-19 shooting. Freshman Kelsey Brown and Moore were also in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively, and Short and senior Caroline King led with seven rebounds and three assists each.
Lowe and Chauvin led Sewanee with 13 points each, and Kayla Sewell led the Tigers with eight rebounds and three assists.
The Panthers shot 22-59 (.373) for the game, including 9-32 (.281) from beyond the arc. BSC shot 8 -10 (.800) at the free throw line and pulled down 38 rebounds with only 11 turnovers.
The Tigers shot slightly better overall, hitting 19-50 (.380) from the field and 11-30 (.367) from long range. Sewanee was 9-10 (.900) at the line. The Tigers recorded 32 rebounds and turned it over 13 times.
BSC is at home again on Sunday, continuing conference play against Centre at 1 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.