It was a memorable night for the Hendrix College Warriors women’s team.
Not only did it get a 66-60 win over the Birmingham-Southern College Panthers, but the Warriors also raised a championship banner for the 2016-17 season during halftime of the men’s game Friday.
It was also Senior Night.
The Warriors celebrated a season in which they won the Southern Athletic Association Tournament and went to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
In their portion of the game Friday, the Hendrix women (16-7, 8-4 SAA) built a 33-23 lead by halftime.
However, by the start of the fourth quarter, the Panther women (10-13, 4-8 SAA) had cut the lead to 46-44.
A pair of baskets from freshman Misa Fujii and freshman Leah Middleton gave BSC its first lead of the game just 43 seconds into the fourth quarter.
It was a back-and-forth struggle until about midway through the fourth quarter when the Warriors went on a 15-6 run from the 5:15 mark to close out the game.
The Warriors were led by senior Maddison Martins’s 14 points, followed by freshman Vinessa Daniel’s 12 and junior Leah Boehl’s 11.
Fellow senior and Mount Vernon-Enola alum Heather Prowse led all players in rebounds with eight. Another senior, Leah Smith, finished with seven points.
“Our seniors played well and that’s what you want on Senior Night,” Hendrix coach Drew Gaeng said. “We made some big plays and made some big shots. We also defended a little bit better. I kind of challenged them at the half because we got outrebounded in the first half, but we won on the glass in the second half."
At the end of halftime, Hendrix trailed in total rebounds 20-18 and tied with five offensive rebounds. By the end of the game, Hendrix led in total rebounds, 38-35, but also finished with five more offensive rebounds.
“It’s big that we finished out at plus-five in offensive rebounds, which I don’t think we were at the half,” Gaeng said. “Maddison might have had three of them at the end, which were pretty big buckets that she was able to put them back down.”
Though the team had three scorers in double figures, Gaeng said it was a collective effort.
“Our team is about sharing the offensive load,” he said. “I think we have had three or four players hovering around double digits and we had three or four in double digits and a couple of them closer. Really everyone that played did a good job tonight and helped in one way or another. It was a team effort.
BSC 89, Hendrix 76
Things didn’t fare well for the Hendrix men.
After climbing to a 23-8 lead with 9:52 left in the first half, the Panthers cut it to a 40-36 lead by halftime.
The Warriors barely hung onto the lead until the 12:17 mark of the second half when BSC tied the score at 57.
It was a part of a 10-0 run that spanned 5 minutes, 14 seconds until Hendrix scored again with 7:20 left in the game.
At that point, the Panthers had a 65-57 lead that increased to as many as 1 .
BSC senior Harrison Deneka scored a game-high 23 points, while freshman Christian Stewart finished with 14 and junior Rich Yancey and sophomore Kaden Moore scored 13.
Hendrix was led by freshman Kam Brasfield’s 22 points, followed by sophomore Eli Fisher’s 17 and sophomore Jacob Link’s 12.
Hendrix seniors Eric Roberts, Mark Sheppard and Conway's Sean Criswell were honored prior to the game.
Both Hendrix teams wrap up their home schedule at 3 p.m. Sunday against Millsaps before finishing the regular season Feb. 17 against Rhodes.