Panther women lose at home to Berry, 80-60

Panther women lose at home to Berry, 80-60

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After a close first half the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team was unable to overcome Berry College Friday evening, losing 80-60 in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers fell to 7-9 overall and 0-5 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Vikings moved to 13-3 and 5-0 in the SAA with their sixth straight win. Berry sits tied with Millsaps atop the league standings.

The teams played to five ties in the first five minutes, although the Panthers would not see their first lead until the 11:38 mark when a three-pointer from junior Halle Knowles put BSC up 16-15. Unfortunately it would be the only lead of the game for the Panthers, as the Vikings responded with eight straight points to pull up by seven, and led by as much as nine in the first half. BSC fought back to cut the lead to two, 34-32, with 1:35 left, but Berry led 38-33 at the halftime buzzer.

BSC cut the lead to two twice more early in the second half, the second time coming at the 14:41 mark when the Panthers cut it to 44-42. The Vikings took over after that, though, out-scoring BSC 21-4 over the next seven minutes to pull ahead 65-46. Berry led by as much as 23 before coming away with the 80-60 victory.

Sophomore Jasmynn Batts was the only Panther in double figures with 10 points, and senior Alexis Adams led on the boards with eight rebounds. Sophomore Jothani Dixon led with three assists, and sophomore Laura Van Peursem led with three steals.

Emma Cook led the Vikings with 31 points on an impressive 12-15 performance, and also led all players with 11 rebounds.

Berry out-shot BSC from the field 52.7 percent (29-55) to 30.5 percent (25-82), including a 68 percent (17-25) showing in the first half. Both teams struggled from three-point range, with Berry's first three-pointer coming at the 8:24 mark of the second half.

The Vikings out-rebounded the Panthers 49-42 but also committed 20 turnovers, nine more than BSC's 11, which ties the season low.

The Panthers are at home again this Sunday, Jan. 25, hosting Oglethorpe at 1 p.m.