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Balanced scoring effort propels BSC women past Rust, 77-66

Caroline King

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—With five players scoring in double figures, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team defeated Rust College at home, 77-66, Wednesday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 6-8 on the season, while the Lady Bearcats fall to 7-10.

BSC, playing without leading scorer Melanie Short for the second straight game, who is out with an ankle injury, opened the game with a 7-0 lead within the first two minutes, but Rust put together a 15-2 run after that to take a 15-9 lead by the 12:58 mark. The Panthers fought back to take a 20-19 lead at the 8:16 mark, and the rest of the half was close, ending in a 30-30 tie.

BSC took control in the second half, out-scoring the Lady Bearcats 20-10 over the first nine minutes to go up 50-40, and then leading by as much as 17, 62-45, at the 8:24 mark.The Panthers kept a double-digit lead for the duration of the game, letting Rust cut it to 10 only once before winning by 11, 77-66.

Senior Caroline King led all players with 19 points, followed by freshman Kelsey Brown with 16 points and four assists. Junior Elizabeth Bromirski scored 14 points, while senior Alex Adams posted a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds off the bench. Senior Sydney Darnall also had 12 points.

Anissa Wilder led Rust with 14 points, followed by Jessica Brown with 11 and Morgan Vickery and Demetrius Bradshaw with 10 points each. Brown and Bradshaw led with eight boards apiece, and Wilder led with four assists and four steals.

The Panthers out-shot the Lady Bearcats overall, hitting 26-61 (.426) to Rust's 25-65 (.385). Rust shot better from long range, going 8-18 (.444) while BSC was 10-25 (.400). The Lady Bearcats went 8-10 (.800) at the free throw line, and the Panthers went 15-20 (.750).

Rebounds were even at 40 boards for each team, and BSC committed 15 turnovers, six less than Rust.

The Panthers are at home again on Saturday, resuming Southern Athletic Association play against Millsaps at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.