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January 20, 2013

Panthers fall to league-leading Rhodes, 71-58

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Behind a 30-point performance from Lauren Avant, Rhodes College defeated the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team Sunday afternoon, 71-58, in Memphis.

BSC falls to 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the Southern Athletic Association, while Rhodes moves to 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the SAA to remain atop the league standings.

The Lynx jumped out to a 13-0 lead to start the game, but the Panthers fought back after that with a 12-1 run to cut it to 14-12 by the 8:38 mark of the first half. Rhodes scored seven straight points after that, though, to go back up 21-12. BSC would come as close at five, 29-24, with 3:02 left in the half, but trailed 37-25 at halftime.

Rhodes stretched the lead to 19, 53-34, less than 10 minutes into the second half, and maintained a comfortable margin for the duration of the game, eventually winning 71-58.

Avant's 30 points, nine rebounds, five steals, and four assists led all players, followed by Rhodes' Sarah Johnson with 19 points.

Seniors Melanie Short and Alex Adams led BSC with 11 points apiece, and Adams also led with eight rebounds. Freshman Kelsey Brown led the Panthers with three steals and two assists.

BSC struggled offensively, shooting 12-51 (.235) overall, 5-18 (.278) from three-point range, and 29-39 (.744) from the free throw line. Rhodes shot better overall, hitting 25-58 (.431) from the field, but shot only 4-19 (.211) from beyond the arc and 17-29 (.586) from the line.

Rebounds were even at 39 for both teams, but the Panthers turned it over 24 times, eight more than the Lynx.

BSC returns home next weekend for more conference action, taking on Berry on Friday at 6 p.m. and Oglethorpe on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.