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December 30, 2013

Shooting woes plague Panthers in 82-76 loss to Westminster

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team suffered its fourth straight loss on Monday, falling to Westminster College 82-76 in the Bancorp South Holiday Classic, hosted by Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

The Panthers (4-6) struggled offensively throughout the game, while the Lady Blue Jays (3-6) posted their best shooting performance of the season. BSC hit 26-74 (35.1 percent) from the field, while Westminster shot 32-61 (52.5 percent).

After BSC scored the first basket of the game, the Lady Blue Jays responded with a 14-2 run which included six straight made shots, setting the tone for the rest of the game. The Panthers cut it to 14-8 with six straight points before Westminster rattled off a nine-point run to pull up 23-8 by the 11:02 mark, which would be the Lady Blue Jays' largest lead of the half. BSC trailed the rest of the way but was able to cut the lead to 41-35 at halftime, thanks to a three-pointer by senior Elizabeth Bromirski with 12 seconds on the clock.

BSC opened the second half with two straight shots in the first minute to cut it to 41-39, and then took its first lead since the opening basket of the game, 46-44, on a layup by sophomore Ashley Curry. After four lead changes, the Panthers pulled back ahead 51-49 at the 15:23 mark and led for the next 10 minutes, going up by as much as six, three times. But Westminster fought back, re-taking the lead at the 5:14 mark, 70-68. After a jumper by junior Kayla Ford tied it up 70-70, the Lady Blue Jays pulled back ahead for good, 72-70, with 3:45 left in the game, out-scoring the Panthers 12-6 after the 70-70 tie for the 82-76 victory.

Bromirski led BSC with 19 points, followed by Ford with 17 and sophomore Kelsey Brown with 16. Bromirski also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. Curry led with six assists and three steals.

Besides being out-shot from the field, 52.5 percent to 35.1 percent, the Panthers also shot only 25 percent (8-32) from three-point range while Westminster hit 42.9 percent (9-21) from beyond the arc. BSC was more effective at the free throw line, though, shooting 80 percent (16-20) to the Blue Jays' 60 percent (9-15) showing.

The Panthers out-rebounded Westminster 43-37, and committed 18 turnovers, three fewer than the Lady Blue Jays.

BSC returns home this Sunday, Jan. 5, facing Rust College at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.