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Romano scores career-high 18 points in 72-64 loss to Huntingdon

Jane Romano (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team lost on the road Tuesday evening to in-state rival Huntingdon, 72-64. It was the third straight loss for the Panthers, who fall to 6-9. The Hawks move to 10-4.

Sophomore Jane Romano and senior Elizabeth Bromirski led all players with 18 points each, which was a career-high for Romano, who shot 5-9 from the field including 4-5 from three-point range. Bromirski was 8-13 from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc, and also led BSC with nine rebounds.

BSC led for the first 10 minutes of the game, going up by as much as nine, 14-5, at the 14:07 mark. After that point, however, Huntingdon used a 16-3 run to take the lead, 21-17, with 8:39 remaining in the half. The Panthers scored five straight points to go back up, 22-21, at the 7:48 mark, but it was the last lead they would see, as Pat Pickens hit two free throws to spur a 14-5 run to close out the half and put Huntingdon on top 35-27 at halftime.

The Hawks steadily increased their lead in the second half; the closest the Panthers would come was cutting it to six, 45-39, at the 14:28 mark. Huntingdon led by as much as 18, 62-44, with 6:46 left, and then held a 15-point 72-57 lead with 1:32 left in the game, after which the Panthers were able to score seven straight points to cut it to 72-64 before time expired.

The Panthers shot 41 percent (25-61) from the field including 44.4 percent (8-18) from three-point range, and shot 33.3 percent (6-18) at the free throw line. Huntingdon was not as effective, hitting 38.4 percent (28-73) overall and 30.8 percent (8-26) from beyond the arch, and 57.1 percent (8-14) at the line.

The Hawks turned the ball over 21 times, five more than the Panthers, but also out-rebounded BSC 57-35.

BSC returns home this weekend to resume Southern Athletic Association play, hosting Hendrix on Friday at 6 p.m. and Rhodes on Sunday at 1 p.m.