DANVILLE, Ky.—Despite a late second-half surge, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost to Centre on the road, 89-81, Sunday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium in Danville, Ky. The Panthers fall to 6-7 overall and 2-1 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Colonels move to 9-5 overall and 3-0 in the SAA.
The game started close as the teams played to three ties in the first three minutes. After the score was tied 8-8, though, Centre scored nine straight points to pull up 17-8 by the 14:25 mark and would lead the rest of the game. The Colonels led by as much as 15, 47-32, at the 1:43 mark before taking a 47-33 lead into halftime.
Centre maintained a double-digit lead until the 8:52 mark of the second half back-to-back three-pointers from senior Elizabeth Bromirski and junior Kayla Ford cut it to 69-60. The Colonels scored six straight, however, to pull back up by 15. BSC cut it back to under 10 in the last five minutes of the game when a jumper by Bromirski cut it to 77-69 with 3:12 remaining, and a Ford three-pointer with 26 seconds left and two Bromirski free throws with 17 seconds left cut the Centre lead to 85-79. The Panthers sent Centre to the free throw line after that, where Alexis Guy made both to put the Colonels back up 87-79 with 16 seconds left. BSC missed a shot and was fouled on the next possession, and Bromirski also hit both of her free throws to cut it back to 87-81 with eight seconds left. The Panthers fouled again, and Maggie Hartlage made both of her free throws, and there was not enough time on the clock after that for BSC to get off a shot.
Bromirski led with 18 points, followed by Ford with 15 on 6-8 shooting and sophomore Kelsey Brown with 12. Brown also led with six rebounds and three assists.
Six Colonels scored in double figures, led by Paige Baechle with a game-high 24. Baechle also led with 16 rebounds, and Mary Gordon Stough pulled down 14 boards. Alanna Guy dished out a game-high eight assists.
The Panthers shot slightly better than the Colonels from the field, shooting 42.2 percent (27-64) to Centre's 40.9 percent (27-66). Both teams went 9-22 (40.9 percent) from three-point range, and both teams also went to the free throw line quite a bit. BSC hit 18-23 (78.3 percent), and Centre shot 26-32 (81.2 percent).
The big discrepancy between the teams was rebounding, as the Colonels pulled down 50 to the Panthers' 33, which ties their season low. Turnovers were even at nine for each team, which was the second-lowest of the season for BSC.
The Panthers are on the road again next weekend, traveling to face Millsaps on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. in Jackson, Miss. BSC will also face in-state non-conference rival Huntingdon on the road Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in Montgomery. The teams already squared off back on Dec. 16 in Birmingham, with the Hawks winning by one in an exciting game.