Strong second half helps BSC defeat LaGrange, 77-63

Jasmynn Batts (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Jasmynn Batts (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Battling back from a 12-point second-half deficit, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team defeated LaGrange, 77-63, Friday evening at home in Bill Battle Coliseum.

BSC moves to 5-2, while LaGrange falls to 4-4.

After a slow start by both teams, playing to an 8-8 tie at the 10:36 mark of the first half, LaGrange used a 15-3 run to pull ahead by 12, 23-11, over the next five minutes. BSC responded with a scoring run of its own, though, out-scoring LaGrange 16-7 to cut it to 30-27 by halftime.

BSC opened the second half with four points to pull ahead 31-30, but LaGrange put together another scoring run, 15-2 to go up 45-33 with 14:14 left to play. BSC responded yet again, this time out-scoring LaGrange 21-4 to go up 54-49 by the 9:21 mark, and would never trail again in the game, steadily building up to its largest lead of the game by the final buzzer, 77-63.

Sophomore Jasmynn Batts led BSC off the bench with 11 points, including a 5-5 showing at the free throw line. Senior Kayla Ford and junior Halle Knowles posted 10 points apiece, and senior Alexis Adams and sophomore Laura Van Peursem led on the boards with seven rebounds each. Ford also had three blocks and three steals.

Four LaGrange players were in double figures, led by Kelsey Mitchell with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists.

LaGrange out-rebounded BSC 40-33 but also committed 21 turnovers, eight more than BSC. BSC's bench players combined for 34 points compared to LaGrange's six points off the bench.

BSC goes on the road for its next four games, beginning with a trip to face Maryville this Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. ET in Maryville, Tenn. The Panthers return home Sunday, Jan. 4, to host Rust in a 2 p.m. tip-off in Bill Battle Coliseum.