The Spring Hill College women's basketball team picked up its first conference win of the season with a 57-51 victory over Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday.
AUM (9-9, 1-1 SSAC West) led 21-18 after a sloppy first half of play in which the two teams combined for 16 turnovers.
The Badgers came of the locker rooms ready to play in the second half, however, and quickly built a 14-point advantage at 36-22 with 13 minutes to play. The rally focused around the inside play of senior center Kimarie Bock of Dunedin, Fla., who began to see some daylight after the outside shooting of sophomore forward Jackie Higgenbotham of Birmingham, junior forward Erica Wright of Pace, Fla., and freshman guard Bria Bohanon from Ponchatoula, La., began to hit the mark.
AUM rallied to cut the deficit to just 5-points at 54-49 with 2 minutes remaining, but free throws by Bock and freshman guard Tempey Hamilton from Mobile's Murphy High School would ice the game down the stretch.
Spring Hill was led by senior center Kimarie Bock of Dunedin, Fla., with game highs in scoring and rebounds with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Rachel Cunningham led AUM with 15 points and Stephanie Torrence with 13 points.
Spring Hill out-rebounded the Senators 44-39 and committed a season-low 14 turnovers against just seven steals by AUM. The Senators turned the ball over 17 times as the Badgers also took away seven steals.
Overall, the Spring Hill shot 32.1% (17-53) from the field and 19% (4-21) from beyond the 3-point line.
AUM shot 29.4% (15-51) from the field as a team and 25% (4-16) from 3-point land as SHC played solid defense throughout most of the second period.
Spring Hill (8-11, 1-1 SSAC West) will now take a 6-day rest before conference play resumes on Saturday at Faulkner University (14-3, 1-0 SSAC West) at 2 p.m. in Montgomery.