The Spring Hill College women's basketball team lost to the Brenau University Golden Tigers 66-62 in an overtime decision at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Friday night.
Despite an almost 12-minute span in the middle of the first half in which the Badgers failed to convert a field goal, Spring Hill led the Tigers 28-26 at the intermission due to an outstanding 14-of-17 performance at the free throw line in the period.
The second half featured a classic match up of one team (Spring Hill) wanting to fall into a set half court offense versus one team (Brenau) that wanted to play a more up-tempo running style.
For mush of the game, SHC was able to keep Brenau's fast break in check and used its triangle offense to build a 47-39 lead with 11:20 showing on the clock.
Freshman forward Tatiana Khudiakova from Moscow, Russia, took over the game in the final three minutes of regulation. She blocked three shots and converted two 3-point buckets on the other end as the Tigers stormed back.
With 41.2 seconds showing, BU forward Nikki Reed took a pass from Raveen Crawford for a layup to cut the score to 58-56 in favor of SHC.
A crucial charging call on freshman guard Bria Bohanon of Ponchatoula, La., with 16.2 seconds remaining gave Brenau the opening they needed and once again Crawford found Reed under the bucket for the game-tying layup with just 7 seconds left.
Junior forward Erica Wright's final shot of regulation was blocked by Khudiakova, who totaled four of the Tigers' eight blocks in the contest.
Brenau opened the overtime with two 3-point buckets in answer to a Badger layup and two free throws as the Tigers finished with the 66-62 win.
Bohanon led the way for the Badgers with 16 points and seven rebounds while fellow freshman Tempey Hamilton of Mobile's Murphy High School had 12 points and senior center Kimarie Bock of Dunedin, Fla., scored 10 points for SHC.
Brittney Wiley had 12 points and Reed scored 10 for Brenau.
Overall, the Badgers shot 29.5% (18-61) from the field including 15% (3-20) from beyond the 3-point line. Spring Hill hurt itself with 27 turnovers in the face of 17 BU steals. At the charity stripe, however, SHC was an impressive 23-of-28 (82.1%) while the Tigers struggled at 11-for-24 (45.8%).
The Tigers (7-0) went 25-of-60 from the field (41.7%) and were 5-of-18 (27.8%) from 3-point land as a team. The SHC defense forced BU into 31 turnovers with 16 steals, but Brenau out-rebounded the Badgers 47-39.
Spring Hill (3-5) will next host Brewton-Parker College (3-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.