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February 16, 2014

Bromirski leads Panthers in 66-56 win over Sewanee

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Senior Elizabeth Bromirski recorded her ninth double-double of the season Sunday afternoon, lifting the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball to a 66-56 victory against Sewanee at home in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers move to 10-13 overall and 6-6 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Tigers fall to 9-14 and 2-10 in the SAA.

Bromirski recorded 15 points (on 6-10 shooting) and 12 rebounds in the win, while junior Kayla Ford led all Panthers with 16 points, 12 of those coming in the second half, the most of any player in the closing twenty minutes of play. She was 5-6 from the field and 6-7 from the free throw line. Sophomore Ashley Curry and freshman Laura van Peursem led with four assists apiece, and van Peursem also had two blocks.

The Panthers quickly found themselves in a ten-point hole with 13:33 left in the first half, down 13-3, with their first field goal not coming until the 14:47 mark. A BSC timeout proved to be the catalyst the Panthers needed as over the next 4:20 of game play BSC charged back with a 13-0 run. In that stretch Bromirski knocked down two jumpers and a three-pointer to go with a pair of layups from freshman Jasmynn Batts and two free throws from Curry to take the first Panther lead of the game at 16-13.

Both squads would exchange baskets in the ensuing minutes with Sewanee briefly staking a 21-20 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the opening frame. A mere 15 seconds later a pair of free throws from Ford put the Panthers up by one and earned the home team a lead they would never relinquish for the rest of the game.

After heading into the locker room with a 31-29 advantage, BSC used three three-pointers, two from freshman Jothani Dixon, to score 15 unanswered points and push the lead out to 44-29 with 16:24 left in the game. The Panther lead would swell to 21 after a successful conversion of an and-one after Ford was fouled making a lay-up off an assist from van Peursem.

Sewanee's Casey Hassett led all players with 17 points, and Kayla Sewell lead all players with three blocks. Savannah Rose led the Tigers with nine rebounds.

The Panthers held the edge in rebounding, 49-35, however the Tigers were able to convert more of their rebounds into points by scoring 12 second-chance points compared to two for BSC.

BSC is at home again next weekend for the final home stand of the year, taking on Oglethorpe on Friday at 6 p.m., and Berry on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.