The Spring Hill College women's basketball team lost a 74-63 decision at conference foe LSU-Shreveport on Saturday evening.
The Pilots opened the game with a 9-0 run before a free throw by junior forward Lynleigh Hughes 3½ minutes in the game broke the scoring drought by Spring Hill. LSUS had built an 18-3 advantage at the 14 minute mark as Tynekqua Warren of the Pilots started the game with a hot hand and made three of five 3-point baskets.
Spring Hill responded to the pressure with a 10-2 run of its own to cut the deficit to 23-16 at 8:55, but LSUS would hold a 39-26 lead at the intermission.
Five minutes into the second period the Pilots had built out a 17-point bulge at 46-29 mainly through the hustle of forward Sharday Cotton who finished as the game's leading scorer and rebounder with a total of 17 points and 17 rebounds.
The Badgers cut the LSUS lead to 10 points twice in the last 10 minutes of play, but could not consistently stop the Pilots' offense as LSUS answered each of the late challenges brought by Spring Hill.
SHC was led by junior forward Lynleigh Hughes and freshman Kristin Rogers who each scored 13 points. Senior guard Kristi Ybarra added 12 points.
In addition to Cotton's heroics for the Pilots, Warren and Renalda Stafford each had 12 points.
As a team, the Badgers shot 41.4% (24-58) and 50% (11-22) from 3-point distance. The Pilots were 37.5% (30-67) overall and 32.3% (10-31) 3-point attempts.
LSUS out-rebounded the Badgers 44-34 on the boards.
Spring Hill (3-23, 1-15 GCAC) will host long-time rival Loyola University-New Orleans (16-9, 10-5 GCAC) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. During both the women's and men's games on Thursday, Spring Hill will collect donations for Haiti relief. The games will also be feature games of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight series.