The Spring Hill College women's basketball team fell to Shorter College by the score of 86-58 in a non-conference home match on Sunday afternoon.
In the first half, the Lady Badgers fought back from an early 1-7 deficit to take a 17-12 advantage with 12:10 remaining in the period. The Hawks (6-4), however, regrouped late in the half to take a 43-36 lead into the locker rooms.
Shorter turned the defensive pressure up on the Badgers in the second period and used its full court press to create turnovers and points off those turnovers. At the 10-minute mark, the Hawks had swelled the lead to 63-41 and continued to pull away with as much as a 29-point bulge at 82-53 with three minutes left in the game.
The Lady Badgers made 41.5% (22-53) of their shots from the field and were 6-14 (42.9%) from 3-point range. SHC also turned the ball over 22 times off 17 steals by the Hawks.
Shorter College shot 46% (29-63) from the field and completed five of 14 3-point attempts (35.7%). The Hawks committed 14 turnovers in the face of seven SHC steals.
Spring Hill would take in 35 total rebounds as Shorter claimed total 40 boards.
Junior center Kimarie Bock of Dunedin, Fla., led all Badger scorers with 20 points while junior forward Lynleigh Hughes of Hammond, La., had six rebounds. Senior guard Robynetta Hargrave of Metairie, La., also pitched in 10 points for The Hill.
Tamara Weatherby led the Hawks with 20 points while Holly Bawden had 15 points and Brittney Smith and Kelly Ellison each contributed 10 points to the Shorter cause.
Spring Hill College (1-7) will next travel to Hammond on Thursday to face NCAA Division 1 foe Southeastern Louisiana in an exhibition contest beginning at 7 p.m.