BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Catherine Eckert scored 31 points and collected nine rebounds to lead Rhodes College (17-2; 9-1 SAA) to a 73-62 Southern Athletic Association win over Birmingham-Southern (10-11; 5-5 SAA) Sunday at Bill Battle Coliseum.
Stefanie Kaiser, Melanie Short, Caroline King, Sydney Darnall, Alex Adams and Erin Moore were honored prior to the Panthers 2012-13 home finale. Short led BSC with 15 points and seven rebounds while Moore added 13 points and Adams chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Panthers grabbed an early 4-0 lead on a Short layup with 18:52 left before Rhodes went on an 11-2 run to build a 11-6 lead after a Mary Barber tip in of a missed shot with 14:25.
Rhodes stretched the lead to 27-20 with 6:30 remaining when Sarah Johnson made two free throws followed by a Dy'nelle Todman three to end the half with the Lynx leading 37-26.
BSC shot 40 percent from the floor and was 2-of-4 from beyond the arc while Rhodes went 14-of-36 from the floor for 38 percent along with five 3-point field goals in the first half.
A 5-0 spurt for BSC to open the second half cut the Lynx lead down to 39-34 on a Short layup and free throw just three minutes into the half.
Rhodes answered with an 11-3 run to push the lead to 53-37 on a Todman jumper with 12:24 left and took its biggest lead of the afternoon, 63-44, on a Sarah Johnson basket with 8:00 left.
Amber Cardwell scored the final points of the contest for the Panthers to cut the deficit to 11 in the final minute.
Johnson followed Eckert with 18 points and six rebounds and Todman finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
The Panthers held a 37-32 rebounding edge and shot 44 percent from the floor, including 48 percent in the second half.
The Panthers begin a four-game road swing against Centre College on Friday at 5 p.m.