Berry hangs on to down Panthers 80-75 in regular season finale

Senior Elizabeth Bromirski was honored for Senior Day prior to the game.
Senior Elizabeth Bromirski was honored for Senior Day prior to the game.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball season dropped its regular season finale Sunday afternoon, losing to Berry College 80-75 in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers fall to 10-15 overall and 6-8 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Vikings move to 13-12 overall and also are 6-8 in the SAA. BSC, Berry, and Hendrix finish the regular season in a three-way tie for fourth in the SAA standings. Berry receives the fourth seed, BSC the fifth, and Hendrix is sixth. The Panthers and Vikings will face off again next Friday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. in Memphis, Tenn. Rhodes is the top seed and tournament host.

Berry scored the first six points to open the game and led for much of the first half. Two Bromirski free throws at the 4:24 mark tied it up for the first time, and a layup by junior Kayla Ford after that gave the Panthers their first lead of the game with 3:39 left in the half. The teams traded baskets after that, with the Vikings leading by one, 43-42, at halftime.

The Vikings led for most of the second half, too, but never went up by more than five points. BSC found itself ahead by three, 70-67, with 3:05 left to play, but Berry responded with seven straight points to pull up 74-70 by the 1:42 mark. The Panthers cut it back down to a one-point advantage, 76-75, with 41 seconds left, and Berry turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, but BSC missed a three-pointer with 21 seconds left and the Vikings' Chanlir Segarra pulled down the rebound. BSC sent Segarra to the free throw line, where she hit both to put her team back up by three, 78-75, and the Panthers missed another three-pointer with 10 seconds left and the Vikings got the rebound again. Segarra stepped to the line again with five seconds left in the game and hit both, bringing the score to 80-75, and the Panthers were unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer.

Senior Elizabeth Bromirski, who was honored during a pregame recognition for Senior Day, led BSC with 18 points and 13 rebound for her 11th double-double of the year. She shot 5-8 from the field and 6-6 at the free throw line. Freshman Jasmynn Batts also added 12 points, and sophomores Ashley Curry and Kelsey Brown recorded 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench. Curry led with three assists and two steals.

Mel McLean led the Vikings with 20 points, followed by Segarra with 19 and Emma Cook with 14. Cook also led with nine boards, and Segarra dished out nine assists.