MOBILE, Ala. - The Spring Hill College women's basketball team came up on the short end of a 67-62 decision to Tougaloo College at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday night.
Sophomore Jackie Higgenbotham of Birmingham, Ala., opened the game with three consecutive 3-point baskets as the Badgers jumped out to a 12-2 advantage just three minutes into the contest.
Turnovers hurt the Badgers throughout the contest as the Bulldogs battled back to take a 9-point lead with six minutes left in the half. The Badgers, however, answered the challenge and fought back to take a 4-point bulge into the locker room at 36-32.
More turnovers and cold shooting haunted Spring Hill in the second half as Tougaloo scored the first nine points and regained a 41-36 advantage.
SHC cut the deficit to three points at 61-58 with three minutes remaining, but could get no closer as the Bulldogs made their free throws and collected timely rebounds to secure a 67-62 victory.
Tougaloo College (8-9, 4-2 GCAC) was led by Victoria Jones with a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds. Shalenia Wilcher added 17 points and Damara Bolton had 11 points for the Bulldogs.
Higgenbotham finished with 18 points off six 3-point baskets for SHC while Kristin Rogers and Robynetta Hargrave each had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Overall, the Lady Badgers were 25-64 (39.1%) from the field and 9-27 (33.3%) from 3-point distance. Tougaloo was 22-56 (39.3%) from the field and was 5-of-16 (31.3%) from long distance.
SHC was just slightly out-rebounded 38-37, but the Badgers were out-scored 30-20 in the paint. The Lady Bulldog defense turned 13 steals into 17 SHC turnovers while the Badgers took away just five steals and benefited from 13 TC turnovers.
Spring Hill (2-14, 0-6 GCAC) will next travel to Belhaven University (11-6, 2-4 GCAC) in Jackson, Miss., on Monday at 5:30 p.m.