Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw trailed by as many as 10 in the second half, but outscored Birmingham-Southern 23-8 in the fourth and finished the game on a 14-0 run to take a 54-43 win over the Panthers in the second game of the DePauw Tipoff Tournament.
Rose-Hulman topped UT-Dallas, 55-53, in the opening game and will face the Tigers in Saturday's 5 p.m. championship contest.
DePauw (1-0) had a rough start from the field as the Tigers were 0-for-16 in the opening quarter, but finished the stanza tied 8-8.
The Panthers (0-2) took a 23-17 advantage into the intermission before scoring the first four points of the second half to extend the lead to double figures. DePauw scored the final four points of the third to cut the deficit to 35-31.
Birmingham-Southern still led 37-33 early in the fourth before Sydney Kopp hit a pair of free throws and Emily Budde scored off a steal to knot the score at 37-37 with 7:54 left. The Tigers regained the lead for the first time since early in the second when Kopp scored on a layup at the 6:07 mark.
The Panthers put together a 6-1 stretch capped by Winter Taylor's two free throws with 4:27 remaining which gave the visitors a 43-40 lead.
Melinda Franke evened the score with a three just 17 seconds later for her first points of the game and then hit two free throws with 3:30 left to five the Tigers the lead for good.
Claire Ryan pushed the lead to four before Franke nailed another trey to extend the Tigers' lead to 50-43 with 2:09 left. Budde's bucket and single free throws from Maya Howard and Budde capped the 14-0 run and sealed the win.
Maya Howard paced the Tigers with 11 points, while Kopp, making her collegiate debut, and Budde each added 10. Kylie Morris grabbed a career-high eight rebounds including six on the offensive glass, while Ryan dished out four assists and recorded six steals in the win.
Jameice Holmes led Birmingham-Southern with 11 points and Elizabeth Phllpot grabbed six rebounds with Jothani Dixon dishing out four assists.
The Tigers finished with 26.8 percent shooting after hitting 52.2 percent in the second half. The Panthers shot 38.5 percent from the field. DePauw held a 41-28 edge on the boards with 19 of those coming on the offensive end. DePauw also committed just 12 turnovers to the Panthers' 22.