The Spring Hill College women's basketball team lost to Southern University New Orleans (SUNO) in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament (GCAC) Women's Basketball Tournament for the fourth consecutive year on Monday evening. This season the Lady Knights prevailed by a 70-57 score, completing a 3-game season sweep of the Badgers.
Five minutes into the game, Spring Hill fell down by seven points at 13-6, but the Badgers rallied behind a 6-point spurt by junior forward Lynleigh Hughes to cut the deficit to 15-14 just two minutes later.
Ashley Cagle of SUNO then warmed up from the outside and converted on two 3-point shots as the Lady Knights stretched out a 29-19 advantage by the six minute mark.
After falling down by as much as 10 points, Spring Hill fought back to trail by just two points at 36-34 by halftime.
Eight minutes into the second half, the Badgers found themselves still down by two points at 48-46, but then a bucket by senior guard Kristi Ybarra of Gulf Shores, Ala., tied the game at 48 apiece and a free throw by sophomore forward Jackie Higgenbotham of Birmingham, Ala., gave SHC its first lead of the night at 49-48 at 9:57.
SUNO would not be intimidated, however, and wrestled back a 6-point lead at 7:34 that grew to 11 points at 62-51 with five minutes remaining.
SHC (3-26) was led by senior Robynetta Hargrave who scored 16 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds in her final appearance in the purple of SHC. Higgenbotham had 13 points while Hughes added 11 points for the Badgers.
Tyesha Robinson led the Lady Knights with 14 points and LaTiondra Smith contributed 12 points along with Martynique Hampton's 11 points.
As a team, the Badgers shot 35.9% (23-64) and 27.8% (5-18) from 3-point distance. The Lady Knights were 42.4% (28-66) overall and 40% (6-15) in 3-point attempts.
SUNO (14-11) was actually out rebounded by the Badgers 45-37 on the glass. The Badgers committed 20 turnovers off 10 SUNO steals while the Lady Knight surrendered the ball 15 times off nine SHC steals.