By DAVID MCCOLLUM
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
Both Hendrix basketball teams were victims of power surges by Birmingham-Southern College on Friday night at Grove Gymnasium.
The Hendrix men were highly competitive for a half before falling, 78-60, to the Southern Athletic Association leaders.
The women were nip-and-tuck and took a six-point lead in the second half before the Panthers’ Elizabeth Bromirski went on a tear and the Warriors fell apart offensively and defensively in a 73-62 loss.
Both teams fell to 0-5 in the league race and will try to right themselves Sunday with games at 1 and 3 p.m. on Cliff Garrison Court.
DOMINANCE: Although the Warriors (5-11, 0-5) outrebounded the Panthers (12-3, 5-0), the visitors, deeper and more seasoned, dominated about every other category. The Panthers had a 42-34 advantage in points in the paint, outshot the Warriors 50 percent to 44 percent, had a 21-8 advantage in points off turnovers and outscored the Warriors 22-4 in fast-break points. Hendrix committed 23 turnovers.
THE RUN: BSC, hurting the Warriors both outside and inside, broke things open with a 12-4 run to end the first half and a 13-5 run to begin the second half.
STAT LEADERS; BSC’s Larry Thomas, one of the top guards in NCAA Division III led the Panthers with 21 points. Forward Zach Richards had 3. Luke Vance was the only Warrior in double figures with 14 points. He had eight rebounds. Jared Riley and Andy Gram added nine points each.
TAKING OVER: The Hendrix women appeared on their way to their firt victory of the season before Bromirski, a 5-foot-10 guard who scored only five points the first half, found a comfort zone along the side and wing and took over.
Shooting nine of 11 from the field, including four of six from 3-point range, she scored 18 of her 23 points the second half. In leading the Panther comeback, turning a six-point halftime deficit into a 15-point lead, she scored nine straight points and 18 of 29 during the decisive stretch.
HIGH WATER, THE LOW WATER: The turning point in the women’s game was when the Warriors took a 42-36 lead with 13:54 left. The Panthers went on an 8-0 run and 31-11 over the next nine minutes.
WEIRD STAT LINE: The Hendrix women, in leading only 35-33 at the half, outrebounded the Panthers, 26-10 — and Jamie Tate, their leading rebounder, had only two. The Warriors had a 48-30 advantage for the game and Tate finished with 10.
MORE WEIRD STATS: In losing by 11, the Warriors outscored the Panthers, 38-20, in the paint, had a 16-5 edge in points off turnovers and were 11-0 on fast-break points. BSC shot 46.3 percent from the field. Hendrix shot 37.1 percent, 33.3 percent the second half.
LEADERS: Melanie Short, the leading scorer and rebounder, added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the BSC women. Sophomore Lindsay Dirllette had a career high 15 points for the Warriors. Caitlyn Kriesel-Bigler and Katy Gallien each had 10. Tate added nine points and Katie Coughran nine.
(David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)