The Spring Hill College women's basketball team fell to the St. Thomas University (Fla.) Bobcats by the score of 72-60 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Tuesday evening.
Back-to-back fast break buckets by Badger sophomore guard Kristin Rogers of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., gave Spring Hill a 28-25 lead with 3:45 remaining in the first half.
St. Thomas, however, would outscore SHC 10-2 over the final two minutes of the half to grab a 38-30 advantage at the break.
Turnovers and poor shooting would dog the Badgers in the second half as Spring Hill's 52% (13-25) first-half percentage fell to 32.2% (10-31) in the second period.
The Bobcats (4-2) kept SHC at a double-digit deficit for most of the second half and built out as much as an 18-point bulge with 2:41 showing.
Senior center Kimarie Bock scored a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Spring Hill while Rogers added 11 points.
Nickerline Montina scored a game-high 24 points for St. Thomas while Brittany Owens tallied a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Dannisha Pierce contributed 11 more marks to the Bobcat cause.
Overall, the Badgers shot 41.1% (23-56) from the field including 31.6% (6-19) from beyond the 3-point line. Turnovers continue to be the Badgers' worst enemy as they committed 22 in the face of only nine Bobcat steals. St. Thomas also controlled the boards taking in 43 rebounds compared to 33 for SHC.
The Bobcats went 30-of-71 from the field (42.3%) and were 2-of-7 (28.6%) from 3-point land as a team. The SHC defense forced STU into 14 turnovers with five steals.
Spring Hill (5-6) will next travel to New Orleans on Thursday to face SUNO (9-0) at 5:30 p.m. in The Castle.