Berry Holds Off BSC Women, 81-76

Caroline King
Caroline King

JACKSON, Miss. – Birmingham-Southern's comeback from a 14 point deficit came up short as Berry College (13-13) held on for an 81-76 win in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Southern Athletic Association Women's Basketball Tournament.

King led the Panthers with 20 points and had two assists followed by Bromirski with 19 points. Sydney Darnall added 17 points. Melanie Short had a game-high nine rebounds as the Panthers held a 33-26 advantage on the boards.

Chanlir Sagarra scored 34 points and handed out seven assists as the only Viking in double figures. Alexa Evans had nine points followed by Mel McLean had eight and Tara Mullinax had seven points and seven rebounds.  

Berry held a 49-35 halftime lead shooting 48 percent while BSC shot 44 percent. The BSC defense held Berry to 29 percent from the floor while shooting 44.8 percent in the second half.

King's 3-pointer just over two minutes into the second half capped a 7-0 run and cut the BC lead to 49-42 only to see the Vikings use a 6-0 spurt to take a 55-42 lead on a Mel McLean three at the 17:27 mark.

Birmingham-Southern went on a 14-1 run to tie the game, 56-56, when Bromirski made a 3-pointer with 12:04 remaining.

A pair of Megan Walsh free throws gave Berry a 61-56 lead and would keep the margin around five points until an Alex Adams layup tied the game 76-76 with 2:11 to go second half.

Berry closed the game on a 5-0 run in the final 1:32 to claim the 81-76 win.

The Panthers finish the 2012-13 season with a 12-13 overall record and a 7-7 record in the Southern Athletic Association.