Women Edged in Final Seconds at Birmingham-Southern

Tara Mullinax
Tara Mullinax

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A last-second shot by Elizabeth Bromirski clinched the victory for the Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team as it defeated Berry College, 64-63, Friday evening.

The Vikings fell to 9-8 overall and 4-3 in the SAA. The Panthers moved to 8-10 overall and 3-4.

Tara Mullinax and Alexa Evans led the Vikings with 15 points each. Mel McLean added 12 points and Chanlir Segarra had 11. Mullinax also led with nine rebounds, and Segarra led with six steals and three assists.

BSC led 38-27 at halftime. The Panthers BSC opened the second half with a layup to achieve its largest lead of the game, 40-27. Berry trailed 58-48 with 5:33 left to play, but rallied 10 unanswered points to tie it up 58-58 with 1:41 left in the game.

The teams traded baskets after that to tie it up 60-60 with 1:18 left; Berry then sent BSC to the free throw line, where Short made both to give the Panthers a 62-60 lead with 53 seconds left.

The Vikings were unable to score on their next possession, but BSC fouled Mullinax, who made one-of-two, leaving the Panthers with a 62-61 lead with 21 seconds left. Berry quickly fouled BSC on the next possession, and Bromirski missed the front end of a one-and-one with 13 seconds on the clock.

Mullinax then pulled down the rebound and Segarra made a layup with seven seconds to play, putting Berry ahead for the first time since early in the first half, 63-62. The Panthers drove the ball down the court quickly, and with less than one second on the clock, Bromirski hit a jumper from the right wing to put the Panthers up 64-63. Berry was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer, giving BSC the one-point victory.

"We played great down the stretch." said Viking Head Coach Stephanie Dunn. "We had the lead with six seconds left and were unlucky in a number of ways the last few minutes."

BSC shot 28-68 (.412) from the field and struggled from three-point range, hitting 3-22 (.136). The Panthers were 5-8 (.625) from the free throw line.

Berry struggled offensively, shooting 21-63 (.333) overall and 4-24 (.167) from beyond the arc, and the Vikings were 17-23 (.739) at the line.

BSC out-rebounded Berry 45-40, but turned the ball over 21 times--four more than the Vikings. Short led the Panthers with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. 

The Vikings travel to play at Millsaps on Sunday afternoon.