SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee women's basketball team, once again, rallied from a slow start to force overtime, but Birmingham-Southern held off the late charge, as the Tigers fall to the Panthers, 77-73, Sunday afternoon inside Juhan Gymnasium.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Birmingham-Southern (8-6, 2-1) 77, Sewanee (4-8, 0-3) 73
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-BSC and Sewanee traded shots in the opening quarter. Hannah McCormack gave the Tigers the first lead of the contest with a 3-pointer, 9-7.
-The Panthers responded with a 7-2 run to make it 14-11 with 1:36 left in the opening period.
-Trailing 16-13 entering period number two, Sewanee was unable to retake the lead, despite tying the contest twice in the period. The Panthers stepped on the gas midway through the second stanza, going on a 7-1 run en route to a 34-25 halftime score in favor of the visitors.
-The third quarter went in favor of the home team, outscoring the Panthers, 24-13 on 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) shooting. The Tigers used a 9-2 run to start the second half to cut the halftime deficit of nine to two points.
-Sewanee would regain the lead, 41-40, with 3:41 left in the third period on an Allison Hitchcock layup.
-The Tigers kept the lead through the fourth period, leading 49-46 heading into the final period.
-BSC forced overtime with a 16-13 fourth quarter, and while the Tigers limited the defense to four made field goals, the Panthers made it when it counts the most: at the free throw line, going a perfect 6-of-6.
-After a BSC turnover with 43 seconds remaining and the score knotted up at 62 points, the Tigers attempted a jumper, but came up empty. Luckily for the defense, BSC came up short of a game-winning bucket, so the teams played five more minutes.
-Sewanee got the opening bucket in the extra period off a McCormack layup, but Birmingham-Southern responded with a shot from downtown to retake the lead, 65-64.
-Bella Taylor made a key jumper with 29 seconds to go in OT to make it 71-70 in favor of the visitors, but that would be as close as the Tigers would get in the contest.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Sewanee finished the contest with four in double figures, led by Bella Taylor, who scored 19 points. The junior also corralled nine boards, collected six steals and assisted on five Sewanee shots.
-Sue Kim added 12 points and contributed six dimes and five boards.
BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN KEY STATISTICS
-Christian McGowan led BSC with 26 points off the bench.
-Elizabeth Philpot scored 16 points and collected nine boards, while Misa Fujii dropped 10 points.
Sewanee will step away from conference play one final time in 2018, as they travel to Welch (Tenn.) in Nashville. Tip is slated for Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m.