HAMMOND, La. – The Spring Hill College women's basketball team jumped out to an early 8-4 lead following a run of hot shooting from the outside, but the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions rallied in the second half to take an 85-72 exhibition decision at the University Center on Sunday afternoon.
Spring Hill's Badgers held the lead for the first 12 minutes of play before the Lions (4-4) managed to tie the game at 24-24 with eight minutes left on the first half clock.
SELU built out a 41-37 lead over the determined Badgers at the break, but the Lions' depth proved to be too much for the Spring Hill squad that was playing its third game in three days as the home team took a 14-point lead at 73-59 with just six minutes to play.
Junior guard LaSheena Nation of Hanceville, Ala., led the Badgers in scoring with 18 points, including a 4-for-5 performance from behind the 3-point line. Junior center April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., scored 17 points and swatted away eight Lion shots while pulling downsix rebounds.
Kristin Rogers, a junior guard from Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., added 11 points and sophomore guard Bria Bohanon of Ponchatoula, La., contributed 10 points to the Badger cause.
Aja Gibson paced four Lions that reached double-digit in scoring with 19 points.
As a team, Spring Hill shot 46.9% (23-49) from the field and was an impressive 53.8% (7-13) in 3-point shooting. Turnovers continued to haunt the SHC women, however, as they committed 21 turnovers against just eight steals by the Lions.
SELU shot 53.7% (36-67) overall and 30% (3-10) in 3-pointers. The Lions also controlled the boards by winning the rebounding battle 37 to 26.
Spring Hill (3-5) will next take the short jaunt down Old Shell Road on Wednesday for an exhibition game against the University of South Alabama Jaguars (5-3) beginning at 5:05 p.m. in the USA Mitchell Center.