Sewanee spoils Senior Day for Panther women

Ashley Curry (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Ashley Curry (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball season dropped its home regular season finale Sunday afternoon, losing to Sewanee 78-73 in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers fall to 10-13 overall and 3-9 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Tigers move to 12-10 overall and 4-8 in the SAA.

The Panthers celebrated Senior Day prior to today's game, honoring Alex Adams, Bria Dupree, Diamond Elston, Kayla Ford, and Sydney McLendon.

BSC converted both of its first two possessions of the first half, a putback from Adams and then a three from Dupree, to take a quick 5-0 lead. Momentum swung between both teams early in the first half and with just under six minutes left before halftime, the score was knotted at 22. The two teams held each other scoreless for almost two minutes until a layup by junior Halle Knowles gave the Panthers a 24-22 lead and momentum with 3:51 until the half. Junior Ashley Curry keyed a three-possession run in which the Panthers hit three consecutive three-pointers by providing the assist on two trips and knocking down a triple of her own. Momentum quickly made its way back to Sewanee's bench as the visitors sunk a pair of threes of their own to cut the BSC halftime advantage to 33-28.

In the second half, the Panthers pushed the lead out to seven at 44-37 on a layup from sophomore Jameice Holmes with 16:13 remaining in the game. A 12-4 run from Sewanee saw the Tigers take the lead at 49-48 and put the Panthers in their first deficit of the afternoon at the 12:44 mark. The Panthers would cut the Tiger lead to one possession several times in the final minutes. A three-pointer from sophomore Laura Van Peursem brought the Panthers to within three at 76-73 with three seconds left. A quick foul sent Tiger guard Jamie Chauvin to the line where she hit both of her free throws as part of her game-high 26 points to seal the 78-73 victory for Sewanee.

BSC was led by Curry's 12 points and 11 from Knowles, while Knowles, Van Peursem, and sophomore Jasmynn Batts tied for a team-high five boards each.

Sewanee and BSC each pulled down 32 rebounds, while Sewanee committed three more turnovers than BSC, 12-9. BSC's bench players combined for 55 points compared to Sewanee's eightpoints off the bench.

BSC hits the road to wrap up the regular season for their next two games, traveling to Memphis, Tenn., next weekend to face Rhodes on Friday at 6 p.m., and to Conway, Ark., to take on Hendrix on Sunday at 1 p.m. The SAA Championship will begin on Friday, Feb. 27, hosted by the number one seed. Millsaps currently leads the league standings at 10-2, followed by Berry at 8-4.