Oglethorpe hands BSC first loss, 58-56

Yorisha Bryant (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Yorisha Bryant (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

ATLANTA, Ga.—Scoring eight unanswered points in the last 2:25 of the game, Oglethorpe handed the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team its first loss of the season on Sunday, winning 58-56 in Atlanta, Ga.

The Panthers fell to 11-1 overall and 2-1 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Stormy Petrels moved to 6-7 overall and 1-2 in the SAA.

The game was close most of the way, with neither team leading by more than seven, and with 11 lead changes and 10 ties. The Panthers led 16-12 at the end of the first period, and then 30-28 by the end of the second.

The Petrels pulled out to their largest lead of the game in the third period, going up 41-35 at the 3:47 mark, but BSC finished off the quarter with an 8-0 run to pull back ahead 43-41 heading to the fourth.

The Panthers continued their scoring run in the fourth, opening with a 7-2 run to go up 50-43 by the 5:33 mark for their largest lead of the game. BSC led by seven once more, 52-45, and then led 56-50 with 2:41 left on the clock before Oglethorpe scored eight points while holding the Panthers scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Senior Yorisha Bryant led all players with 25 points, shooting 9-17 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line, as well as 12 rebounds and five blocks. Junior Jasmynn Batts added 12 points, and senior Ashley Curry led with four assists.

The Panthers return home for a mid-week tilt against non-conference foe Rust College this Wednesday at 6 p.m. before resuming conference play on the road next Saturday, traveling to face Millsaps at 3 p.m. in Jackson, Miss.