JACKSON, Miss. – 18th ranked Belhaven University proved to be too much of a challenge for a young Spring Hill College women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon at Rugg Arena as the Lady Blazers cruised to a 75-54 conference victory.
Belhaven (18-5, 11-1 SSAC) jumped out to a 14-0 lead just six minutes into the game and never looked back taking a 37-18 cushion into the break.
The Lady Blazers built as much as a 35-point advantage in the second period holding a 60-25 bulge with 13 minutes left.
Spring Hill's junior center April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., put 15 points in the hoops and secured nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Tempey Hamilton from Mobile's Murphy High School added 10 points to the Badger cause.
The Badgers shot 37% (20-54) from the field and were 3-of-11 (27.3%) for 3-point range. Turnovers remained a problem for SHC as the Badgers lost the ball 20 times against 12 Belhaven steals.
For the Blazers, Regina Jackson steamrolled to a total of 27 points, Kiara Johnson tallied 13 and Sarah Carr dropped in 10 points. Belhaven dominated the boards taking down 40 rebounds and allowing just 28 by the Badgers. Badger steals accounted for eight of the 12 BU turnovers.
Belhaven shot a scorching 50.8% (31-61) from the field and was 3-of-8 (37.5%) from long distance. The Lady Blazers also dominated the boards taking down 40 rebounds and allowing just 28 by the Badgers. Badger steals accounted for eight of the 12 BU turnovers.
Spring Hill (7-13, 2-9 SSAC) will return home to the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Thursday for an SSAC West Division match with William Carey University (8-12, 5-6 SSAC) beginning at 5:30 p.m.