Oglethorpe edges BSC at home, 71-69

Elizabeth Bromirski (photo by Cari Dean)
Elizabeth Bromirski (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Despite a 19-point, 11-rebound performance by senior Elizabeth Bromirski, the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team dropped a close game to Oglethorpe at home Friday evening, losing 71-69 in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers fall to 10-14 overall and 6-7 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Stormy Petrels move to 5-19 overall and 3-10 in the SAA.

With the exception of an early 2-2 tie, the Petrels led for the entire first half, building up to a 13-point lead, 30-17, with 1:24 left in the frame before taking a 30-21 lead into the halftime break.

The Panthers opened the second half with a 9-2 run to cut it to 32-30, and stayed close on Oglethorpe's heels until the 11:18 mark when they achieved their first lead of the game, 45-44, with 11:18 remaining. OU's Emily Buck hit a three-pointer to take back the lead, and the Petrels held onto a small advantage until the 4:59 mark when BSC tied it up 55-55. Oglethorpe scored six straight points after that, though, to go up 61-55 by the 3:48 mark, but the Panthers wouldn't stay down, rallying back to tie it up yet again, 64-64, with 1:43 left. The Petrels answered with five straight points on a Buck three-pointer and a layup by Ciara Hughes, and the Panthers proceeded to cut it to one, 70-60, with 16 seconds remaining. BSC sent OU to the free throw line with 10 seconds on the clock, where the Petrels missed both shots, and the Panthers grabbed the rebound before turning the ball over with two seconds left. BSC was forced to foul the Petrels again, where they hit one-of-two, and the Panthers were unable to get a shot off before time expired.

Bromirski shot 6-10 from the field and 6-6 at the free throw line to rack up 19 points and 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. Sophomore Kelsey Brown also recorded 11 points, and Bromirski and sophomore Ashley Curry led with three assists each. Freshman Laura van Peursem led with four steals and two blocks.

Hughes led Oglethorpe off the bench with 23 points, followed by Buck with 19. Ali Bleckley led on the boards with 10 caroms, and Buck and Kyana Jenkins had five assists apiece. Buck also led with four steals, and Bleckley had three blocks.

BSC held the rebounding advantage, 43-41, but also turned the ball over twice more than OU with 15 turnovers.

The Panthers are at home for the regular season finale this Sunday, hosting Berry College at 1 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum. It will be Senior Day for Bromirski, the lone senior on this year's squad. Next weekend BSC will travel to Memphis for the 2014 SAA Championship, hosted by Rhodes who clinched the top seed in the tournament tonight with a win against Sewanee. Sunday's game between BSC and Berry will determine the Panthers' seeding; they currently sit at fourth behind Millsaps with a 9-4 mark and ahead of the Vikings with a 5-8 mark.