MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Spring Hill College women's basketball team dropped a 68-60 conference decision to Faulkner University on Saturday afternoon.
Despite battling back from an early 7-point deficit to take a 1-point lead midway through the first half, the Badgers found themselves trailing 38-31 at the intermission mainly due to 6'3" Brittany Carter's12 points and 10 rebounds for Faulkner.
Two quick buckets by SHC to open the second half cut the Eagles' lead to just 38-35 less than a minute in.
Faulkner once again rallied to build out another 7-point lead, but SHC refused to quit as freshman guard Bria Bohanon of Ponchatoula, La., knocked down a 3-pointer to leave the Badger down by just 2 points with eight minutes to play.
A baseline jumper by junior forward Erica Wright tied the game at 56, but a 4-point run by the Eagles would make the score 62-58 with less than three minutes to play.
Back-to-back buckets by Carter gave Faulkner an 8-point cushion before senior forward Lynleigh Hughes of Hammond, La., scored on a layup with 29.5 seconds showing to make the score 66-60 in favor of the home team.
Carter would sink two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to salt the game away for the Lady Eagles.
Spring Hill was led by senior center Kimarie Bock of Dunedin, Fla., with 14 points while Bohanon added 13 and Hughes contributed 12 points. Freshman forward Sha Sha Buchanan of Mobile's McGill-Toolen also scored 11 points for SHC.
Carter led the Lady Eagles with 26 points and 18 rebounds.
Uncharacteristically, Spring Hill was out-rebounded by the Lady Eagles 42-27 and forced the Lady Eagles (15-4, 2-1 SSAC West) into just 15 turnovers as the Badgers struggled defensively against the pressure applied by Carter.
Spring Hill (8-12, 1-2 SSAC West) will next travel to in-town rival the University of Mobile (11-4, 2-1 SSAC West) for a conference game on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.