The Spring Hill College women's basketball snapped a four-game losing skid with a 70-54 non-conference home win over the University of New Orleans (UNO) Privateers on Monday night at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
Coming off a month-long, seven-game road odyssey, the Badgers returned to their home court with a vengeance by jumping out to an early 14-4 lead with 12 minutes to play in the first half and held as much as a 15-point cushion at 30-15 with 3:30 on the clock.
Spring Hill held a 32-22 at the break, but the Privateers rallied to cut the advantage down to just six points at 49-43 with 10 minutes to play in the game.
The Badgers regrouped to shake off the UNO rally and rebuilt a 62-49 pad by the 5:30 mark and cruised to the 16-point win over the final few minutes.
Four Badgers reached double figures in scoring with sophomore forward Sha Sha Buchanan from Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School leading the charge with 17 points and 10 rebounds while junior forward Kristin Rogers of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., added 13 points, sophomore guard Bria Bohanon of Ponchatoula, La., contributed 11, and freshman guard Elissa VandeWaa from Spanish Fort High School notched 10 points.
Spring Hill shot 40% (22-55) on the night and was 27.3% (3-11) from 3-point distance, but continued to struggle with turnovers as they handed the ball over 23 times against 16 UNO steals. The Badgers dominated the boards 47-34.
Mechel'le Thomas scored 19 points for the Privateers and Keri Thomas added 14 points off the bench.
UNO (0-18) shot just 35.6% (21-59) from the field and was 0-10 from 3-point land. The Privateers gave the ball back to the Badgers 24 times off 12 SHC steals.
Spring Hill (6-10, 1-7 SSAC) will next host a conference game against the Faulkner University Lady Eagles (13-5, 4-3 SSAC) at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.