BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team returned to action after a 10-day hiatus for final exams, falling to Piedmont College 87-70 Saturday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers fall to 4-3, while the Lions move to 6-2.
The Panthers started the game on a tear, pulling up 7-1 in the first two minutes and leading by 11 at the 15:01 and 14:02 marks. The Lions proceeded to use a 7-0 run to cut it to 16-12 and then cut it to one, twice, before tying it up 23-23 with 6:28 left in the half. BSC took back the lead and held onto a small advantage until the 2:12 mark when the Lion tied it up again, 32-32, and then took their first lead of the game on a jumper by Chandler Alverson. After the 32-32 tie, Piedmont out-scored BSC 8-1 to hold a 40-33 lead at the halftime break.
The Lions held onto their lead for the duration of the game. BSC would only come as close as cutting it to three early in the second half, and Piedmont steadily built up its lead to as much as 25, 87-62, with 3:32 remaining before winning by 17.
For Piedmont, Lauren Hamel led with 14 points, followed by Symone Ball with 13 and Gabby Arencibia and Mary Kate Rushton with 12 each. Rushton and Brianna Barrett led with six rebounds apiece, and Barrett also led with five assists. Taylor Swoszowski led with five steals.
The Panthers shot 35.9 percent (23-64) from the field, including 27.8 percent (5-18) from three-point range, as compared to Piedmont shooting 48 percent (36-75) overall and 43.8 percent (7-16) from long range. BSC hit 67.9 percent (19-28) at the free throw line while the Lions shot only 47.1 percent (8-17) from the line.
BSC held a slight edge in rebounding, 45-43, but committed 31 turnovers to Piedmont's 24. The Lions capitalized on the lost balls, scoring 37 points off turnovers. Piedmont also had 57 of its 87 points scored off the bench.
The Panthers are at home again on Monday for the Ho Ho Holiday Throwdown, hosting in-state rival Huntingdon in a 5 p.m. doubleheader (with the men tipping off at 7 p.m. following the women' game). There will be free admission for fans of all ages, games, holiday treats, a tacky Christmas sweater contest, as well as an appearance by Santa Claus.