The Spring Hill College women's basketball team defeated the University of Mobile Lady Rams for the first time in eight attempts on Thursday evening with a 76-71 Southern States Athletic Conference West Division decision at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center, snapping a losing streak that dated back to 2007.
Mobile (6-13, 4-6 SSAC) took a quick 4-0 lead, but the Badgers regrouped and launched a 14-2 run that gave SHC an 8-point advantage five minutes into the contest.
Spring Hill continued to control the momentum throughout the first half and grabbed as much as a 13-point lead at 37-24 off a 3-point bucket by junior forward Jackie Higgenbotham of Birmingham, Ala., with five minutes to go before the half and maintained a 45-35 bulge going into the intermission.
The Rams would not surrender quite so easily, however, and came out of the locker rooms hot, cutting the deficit down to 47-43 with 15:17 left on the clock.
From there, the game became a battle of the wills as Spring Hill twice built out double-digit leads only to see Mobile rally each time to close the gap. Mobile's final push tied the game at 65 with 3:15 remaining when the Rams' Daphnee Frieson scored a bucket off a layup following a rebound of her own missed shot.
Another 3-pointer by Higgenbotham was followed by a 2-point bucket by sophomore forward Sha Sha Buchanan to post the Badgers to a 5-point advantage with just 2:45 in the game, but once again Mobile got up off the mat to make it a 2-point game with 22 seconds left and the Badgers up 73-71.
Spring Hill converted 3-of-4 free throws in a 10-second timeframe to seal the victory with Higgenbotham connecting on the final two freebies following an errant pass on the Mobile baseline by the Rams' Lauren Bethly.
Higgenbotham paced the Badger effort with 19 points including a 5-of-9 night from 3-point range. Junior center April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., tallied her 10th double-double of the year with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
As a team, the Badgers were 24-of-74 (32.4%) from the field and 8-of-20 (40%) from 3-point distance. SHC also won the rebounding battle with a 57-54 advantage.
Mobile suffered 15 turnovers and the Badgers fumbled it away 18 times as both teams took away nine steals.
Alice Honnery enjoyed a triple-double night for Mobile by notching 23 points with 16 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. Frieson added 20 points while Brianna Edwards came off the Ram bench to record a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
UM shot 39.2% (31-79) from the field and 20% (2-10) in 3-point attempts.
Spring Hill (7-12, 2-8 SSAC) will journey to Jackson, Miss., on Saturday afternoon to face 18th-ranked Belhaven University (17-5, 10-1 SSAC) in a conference game beginning at 2 p.m. in Rugg Arena.