Women's Basketball falls to top-seeded Millsaps in SAA Championship

Women's Basketball falls to top-seeded Millsaps in SAA Championship

JACKSON, Miss.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team saw its season come to an end on Friday, falling to top-seeded Millsaps, 85-64, in the quarterfinal round of the Southern Athletic Association Championship, hosted by Millsaps in Jackson, Miss.

The Panthers finish the season with a record of 11-15, while the Majors move to 21-5 and advance to the semifinals tomorrow to face fourth-seeded Hendrix at 5 p.m. The other semifinal match features second-seeded Berry against third-seeded Rhodes at 7 p.m.

Sophomore Jasmynn Batts opened the game's scoring with an old-fashioned three-point play, making a layup and drawing the foul before sinking the free throw. Unfortunately it would be the largest lead of the game for the Panthers. The Majors quickly ran out to a 9-3 lead, although BSC clawed back to tie it up 9-9 at the 13:07 mark. But Millsaps used a series of short scoring runs to steadily build its lead up to 41-29 by the end of the half, capped off by a three-pointer from Velvet Johnson.

The Majors opened the second half with 12 straight points, pulling ahead 53-29 by the 16:51 mark. Millsaps shot 60 percent (12-20) in the second half en route to the 85-64 win.

Batts led the Panthers with 15 points, going 4-7 from the field and 7-9 at the free throw line. Junior Halle Knowles, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, posted 12 points. Senior Diamond Elston led with five rebounds off the bench.

Johnson finished with 30 points for the Majors, and Millsaps shot over 57 percent for the game to BSC's 31.7 percent showing. The Majors also led on the boards, 39-31.