||BMC women open SSAC tourney with win over AUM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA/BMC Athletics) — Blue Mountain College made it far more interesting than it need be here Thursday morning but the No. 6 seed Lady Toppers knocked off No. 3 seed Auburn-Montgomery, 68-66, in the opening round of the Southern States Athletic Conference women’s basketball championship.
The Lady Toppers, who lost 80-52 to the Warhawks during the regular season, grabbed a 10-point halftime lead and blew it up to a 21-point lead midway through the second half, then held on for the win.
Blue Mountain (15-12) will play again Friday at 1:30 p.m. against No. 2 Loyola (24-3).
Early in Thursday’s second half, BMC went on a 10-point run to take a 51-34 lead with 9:00 to go, then added to that and led 57-36 after Kati Prince canned two free shots with 8:11 remaining.
But the Warhawks responded with 12 unanswered points in the next three and a half minutes to pull within 57-48.
Matavia Cox hit two free throws and scored on a fast break to give BMC a 63-53 lead at the 3:10 mark, and the Lady Toppers were able to get out of the Cramton Multiplex with the victory.
Bryana Davis scored 16 points to lead BMC, Kristen Milewski had 14, Kati Prince had 13 and Madison McCreless had 10 points and 9 rebounds.
For AUM (21-10), Jatoria Carter had 21 points, Gabby Brown had 12 and Jazmine Jackson and Shanice Burnette each had 11.