CHICAGO, Ill. - The Spring Hill College women's basketball team snapped a four-game losing skid with a 55-48 win over the Aquinas College (Mich.) Saints at the St. Xavier University Holiday Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.
Tied at 20-20 with 3:50 left on the first half clock, SHC went on a 7-0 run to close the period with a 27-20 advantage. SHC junior forward Erica Wright of Pace, Fla., opened the rally with a 3-point bucket followed by jumpers by freshman guards Bria Bohanon of Ponchatoula, La., and Tempey Hamilton from Mobile's Murphy High School.
The Badgers wasted no time in building out a 33-20 lead less than three minutes into the second half and kept the Saints in a double digit hole for most of the period. Spring Hill would grow the lead to as much as 16 points with 2:44 remaining before Aquinas rallied with three 3-point buckets to cut the score to 53-46. Wright came up with a critical offensive rebound of a missed free throw that all but sealed the victory with 24 seconds left.
Wright led all scorers in the game with 16 points to go along with her team-high nine rebounds. Following the game, Wright was also named to the SXU Holiday Tournament All-Tournament team.
Kimarie Bock, the SHC senior center from Dunedin, Fla., added 15 points and eight rebounds as the inside presence of the Badgers proved to be a deciding factor with SHC taking 43 rebounds including 14 on offense and Aquinas corralling 35 boards with just nine coming on offense. As a result, the Badger outscored the Saints 10-2 in second chance points.
Aquinas was led by Liza Flewelling who came off the bench to score nine points with 10 rebounds.
Overall, the Spring Hill shot 35.2% (19-54) from the field including 20% (3-15) from beyond the 3-point line. The Badgers kept their turnovers to a manageable 21 fumbles despite 13 steals by Aquinas while taking away 12 steals themselves for a total of 25 Aquinas turnovers.
Aquinas (5-10) shot 32.1% (18-56) from the field as a team and 32% (8-25) from 3-point land as the Saints' long distance shooting kept the contest close.
Spring Hill (6-9) will next play at Concordia College-Selma on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Three weeks ago, the Badgers defeated the Lady Hornets 80-50 at home.