The University of Mobile women's basketball team got a record-breaking performance from Alice Honnery and defeated rival Spring Hill College 63-55 in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference action at Pharr Gym Saturday.
Honnery broke the school record for blocks in a game with 12, breaking the old record of 11, set by Edmarie Lumbsley in 2001. The sophomore post player also added 14 points and 10 rebounds for a triple-double. Trenell Spears added a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Rams. Morgan Melancon finished with 12 points and Alyssa Lane added 10.
Lynleigh Hughes led Spring Hill with 14 points, while Robynetta Hargrave added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The loss snapped a 4-game losing streak for the Lady Rams, and is Mobile's 5th-straight win over the Lady Badgers. Mobile is 11-1 against Spring Hill since 2004-05.
Thanks to the presence of Spears and Honnery down low, the Lady Rams out rebounded Spring Hill 53-42 to overcome 24 turnovers. Mobile out shot the Lady Badgers 40% to 28% from the field. Neither team was a factor at the charity stripe.
Spring Hill actually started the game by building a 7-3 lead 2:17 into play, but the Lady Rams scored the next five and took an 8-7 lead on a 3-ball from Melancon. From there, the teams traded buckets until the Badgers were ahead 15-14 with 11:31 to go, but UM answered with a pair of Spears free throws to take the lead for good at 16-15 with 10:33 left. UM ran off the next eight points to build a nine point lead, the largest of the half.
In the second half, the Lady Rams jumped ahead 44-29 in the first 2:54, but Spring Hill used an 8-0 run to trim the deficit to 37-44. Mobile steadied the ship, and the closest the Lady Badgers could get the rest of the way was eight points, at the end of the game.
Spring Hill (2-17, 0-9 GCAC) will next host Xavier University on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of University of Mobile Sports Information Department)