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Panthers even season series with home win against Colonels

Panthers even season series with home win against Colonels

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Centre women's basketball suffered a cold shooting night against the Birmingham Southern Panthers Friday evening, dropping a 64-48 decision inside Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Colonels – who defeated the Panthers 63-39 in the teams' earlier meeting this season – fall to 13-7 overall and 4-6 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). BSC improves to 10-11 (4-6 SAA).

Centre thrived on defense in the Jan. 5 victory against BSC, stifling the Panthers' attack while limiting them to under 30 percent shooting overall.

But the Panthers turned the tables Friday on their home court, bottling up the Colonels to a season-low shooting percentage (17 of 56).

BSC also leaned on its two leading scorers, sophomore forwards Emilee Olsen and Elizabeth Philpot, as the two combined for 38 points. They managed less than half that against Centre nearly a month ago.

Both sides were knocking down jumpshots in the first quarter, but the visiting Panthers finished the period ahead, 20-15.

Although Centre pulled within one possession at 24-21, BSC would eventually carry a 35-27 lead into the break.

The Colonels relied on six first-half 3-pointers to provide a majority of their offense.

Sophomore Kat Wilson (Suwanee, Ga.) drained her fourth and the team's seventh triple on the first possession of the third quarter, but that would prove to be the Colonels' last 3-point bucket.

Birmingham Southern slowly pulled away across the third and fourth quarters, outscoring Centre 29-21 in the second half to even the regular season series between the squads.

Wilson was the lone Colonel in double figures, tallying 14 behind a 4-for-6 effort from deep.

BSC's strong front court carried the home side, as the Panthers out-rebounded their guests 44-34 while racking up 26 points in the paint. Olsen alone recorded nine blocks.

Centre jumps back in action Sunday, traveling to Jackson, Miss., for a 1 p.m. ET visit at Millsaps.