Curry leads Panthers in 97-66 win against Rust

Ashley Curry (photo by Cari Dean)
Ashley Curry (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Led by sophomore Ashley Curry with 26 points, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 97-66 home victory against Rust College, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 5-6, while the Lady Bearcats fall to 3-11.

BSC shot a season-high 48.4 percent (31-64) from the field while also committing a season-low eight turnovers.

Curry wasn't the only BSC player with 20+ points, as sophomore Kelsey Brown recorded 22 as well as a game-high five assists. Freshman Jasmynn Batts also had 16 points on 6-9 shooting, and senior Elizabeth Bromirski recorded 12 points.

The Panthers opened the game by quickly going up 5-0 and held a double digit lead by the 17:46 mark. The Lady Bearcats cut it back to five, 15-10, at the 15-minute mark, but BSC used a 16-6 run to go up 31-16 by the 10:10 mark, and led by 18, 48-30, at halftime. The Panthers kept a comfortable lead for the remainder of the game, going up by as much as 36, three times, before coming away with the 97-66 win.

Jessica Brown led Rust with 15 points, followed by Tiesha Tunstall with 13. Four different Lady Bearcats led the team with six rebounds apiece, and Whitney McNeal led with four assists and two steals.

BSC shot 48.4 percent (31-64), a season-high, from the field and 53.3 percent (8-15), also a season-high, from three-point range, and was 73 percent (27-37) at the free throw line. Rust shot 43.8 percent (28-64) overall, 20 percent (2-10) from beyond the arc, and 57.1 percent (8-14) from the line.

BSC also committed a season-low eight turnovers while the Lady Bearcats turned it over 17 times, but Rust out-rebounded the Panthers 41-36.

The Panthers resume Southern Athletic Association play next week, going on the road for the next four games beginning with a match-up against Sewanee this Friday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. BSC returns home Friday, Jan. 24, against Hendrix at 6 p.m.