Panthers use big second half to down Louisiana College, 60-37

Laura Van Peursem (photo courtesy of Berry College Athletics)
Laura Van Peursem (photo courtesy of Berry College Athletics)

ROME, Ga.—After a tied score at the end of the first and second periods, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team used a big third quarter performance to help defeat Louisiana College, 60-37, Wednesday afternoon at the Berry College Classic.

The Panthers remained undefeated, moving to 9-0 and building on their best start in program history. The Wildcats fell to 2-7.

LC led for much of the first period, going up by as much as six, twice, before BSC used a 7-1 run to end the period with a 12-12 tie. The Wildcats also kept a small lead for much of the second quarter before the Panthers scored twice in a row near the end to tie it up at 25-25 heading into the half.

BSC ran away with it in the third quarter, holding Louisiana College to only three points, courtesy of a single three-pointer at the 6:48 mark, while scoring 18 to expand the lead to 43-28. Senior Yorisha Bryant then scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to expand the BSC lead to 50-28 with 7:56 left to play. The Panthers' lead ballooned to as much as 27, 60-33, before they won by 23.

Bryant led all players with 23 points on 9-15 shooting, while junior Laura Van Peursem led with a game-high 12 rebounds off the bench. Juniors Jasmynn Batts and Jameice Holmes recorded 11 points apiece.

The Panthers return home this Sunday, Jan. 3, to open Southern Athletic Association play against Millsaps at 1 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.