The Spring Hill College women's basketball team suffered a 100-55 exhibition loss at NCAA Division 1 opponent Southeastern Louisiana University on Thursday evening.
The SHC women trailed 14-10 five minutes into the first half as senior guard Kristi Ybarra's hot shooting kept the Badgers close with two 3-point baskets and eight early points for the Gulf Shores, Ala., native.
Opportunistic defense and strong inside play led to a 6-minute 16-4 run by the Lions to build out a 30-14 with 8:30 left in the half and SLU took a 46-27 lead into the locker rooms at the intermission.
The second half saw the Lady Lions continue to build on their advantage as the Badgers' hole only got deeper at 64-40 with 13 minutes remaining. By the 7-minute mark, SHC was trailing by 36 points at 80-44 as turnovers and poor shooting continued to haunt the Lady Badgers.
Ybarra finished with 17 points to lead Spring Hill offensively and freshman center Alexis McPhail hauled in six rebounds.
SLU had three players score double digits led by Chelsea Hix with 21 points.
As a team, Spring Hill shot 38% (19-50) overall and 33.3% (5-15) from 3-point range. SLU shot a sizzling 60.3% (38-63) from the field and made a stunning 15 of 26 shots (57.7%) from beyond the 3-point line.
On defense, the Lady Lions (5-5) took down 33 rebounds while SHC corralled 26 boards. SLU forced the Badgers into 29 turnovers off 16 steals while Spring Hill took away five steals off 15 SLU turnovers.
Spring Hill (1-7) will now take a break for Christmas before traveling to Auburn University Montgomery (6-4) on Wednesday, December 30, for a non-conference match at 2 p.m. in the AUM P.E. Complex.