Panther Women Fall In Heartbreaking Fashion To Centre, 75-69

Alex Adams (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Alex Adams (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

DANVILLE, Ky. –  Centre College (11-10; 9-2 SAA) made a free throw with one second remaining in regulation and then outscored Birmingham-Southern (10-12;  5-6SAA) 14-8 in overtime to earn a 75-69 Southern Athletic Association win on Friday at Alumni Gym.

Centre took a 40-28 lead with 15:33 left in the second half only to see the Panthers fight back to cut the deficit to one on an Elizabeth Bromirski three with 2:39 left.

Trailing 60-59, Alex Adams, who led BSC with a career-high 28 points and eight rebounds, made a pair of free throws to give Birmingham-Southern a 61-60 lead with nine seconds left in the second half. Centre missed a layup with two second left but a foul was called on the rebound where Chelsea Benham made to force overtime.

Centre used a 10-2 run in overtime to take a 71-63 lead with 1:01 remaining and never let BSC get any closer than four points the rest of the way. The Colonels went 3-for-3 from the floor and hit 9-of-12 free throws in the extra session.

BSC shot 57 percent in the second half to erase a 30-25 halftime deficit and a 12-point second half deficit. The Panthers made 12-of-21 shots in the half and went 4-of-6 from 3-point range. 

Caroline King followed Adams with 13 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers. Bromirski followed with 10 points and five rebounds. Melanie Short pitched in seven points and five boards while Kelsey Brown added six points.

Page Baechle had a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds as the only Centre player in double figures.

Birmingham-Southern closes out the weekend against Sewanee on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Sewanee, Tenn