BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A frustrating second half led to Agnes Scott Women's Basketball to a 64-44 loss at Birmingham Southern on Wednesday, November 28. The Scotties were the sharper team in the first 20 minutes of action despite trailing by two at the break, but two lengthy scoring droughts in the second half allowed the Panthers to change the outlook completely in a non-conference matchup.
BSC's Emilee Olsen led all scorers with 18 points and was the main catalyst behind the big Panthers run in the second half. Olsen's size caused problems for the Scotties all night against a lean rotation of post players for visitors. Once Olsen forced Garis Grant (Charleston, S.C.) into foul trouble in the third quarter, she was able to operate consistently within five feet of the basket. She also added a game-high four blocks.
Grant also had a solid night for the Scotties in a losing effort. The junior forward finished just a rebound shy of a double-double for the second consecutive game. She scored 11 points and gathered nine rebounds in 30 minutes.
The Scotties led 13-11 after the first quarter as Grant and Kalin Smith (Kiln, Miss.) paced the Agnes Scott offense.
Birmingham Southern battled back in the second quarter to take a 26-24 lead, but the stats remained fairly even across the board.
Nothing seemed different to start the second half as the score was tied at 26 three minutes into the third period when the bottom fell out for the Scotties. Birmingham Southern's Misa Fujii made a deep three on a nice skip pass to kick start a 15-0 run over the next four minutes.
Agnes Scott was able to temporarily stable themselves toward the end of the third quarter, which carried into the fourth and gave them a few opportunities to cut the lead into single digits. However, the Scotties couldn't quite turn the game in their favor and the Panthers used another big stretch over the final five minutes to put it out of reach for good.
Smith finished second on the team in points with nine, while Shay Sweat (Lawrenceville, Ga.) came off the bench to pitch in seven and four boards.
The Scotties have another week to get ready for their conference opener at LaGrange on December 5.