NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Spring Hill College women's basketball team took a 38-34 lead into halftime, but a late 15-8 run by the Lady Wolfpack resulted in an 80-68 win for Loyola University (La.) at the Den on Saturday afternoon.
Head Coach Ray Fron took his team to the "Big Easy" and the Badgers had an impressive first half as Spring Hill jumped to an early 9-3 lead with 16 minutes left in the period. The Badgers went on a 6-0 run with 13 minutes left off field goals by senior forward Lynleigh Hughes of Hammond, La., sophomore guard Kristen Rodgers of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and senior center Kimarie Bock from Dunedin, Fla.
The Lady Wolfpack never led in the first half as the Badgers held a 38-34 advantage at the break.
The second half began as a defensive battle with the Spring Hill leading 50-44 at the 11 minute mark. Loyola, however, went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 50-50 with nine minutes left in the second half. Down the stretch, the Wolfpack pulled away going on 20-13 run. Freshman guard Jasmine Brewer led the charge for the Wolfpack and also led all scorers with 28 points.
Loyola rarely missed from the field over the last four minutes, turning a 3-point lead with 3:46 remaining into an 80-68 win. Over that stretch, Brewer and Amy Moody each scored six points and Keiva Council netted a pair of free throws for the Wolfpack.
The Wolfpack outscored the Badgers on second chance points (16-1) and points off the bench (26-9).
Brewer led a trio of Wolfpack players who had over 15 points as she put up 28 against Spring Hill. Council scored 20 for Loyola (15-8, 4-3 SSAC) while Moody added 15 for the Wolfpack.
Freshman forward Sha Sha Buchanan of Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School led Spring Hill with 20 points and Hughes added 20 for the Badgers.
Spring Hill (8-16, 1-6 SSAC West) will visit Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) this Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.
Loyola University Sports Information Department contributed to this release