The Spring Hill College women's basketball team lost to Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) in an SSAC contest at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Thursday evening by the score of 54-49.
The Warhawks (11-13, 5-9 SSAC) built a 12-point lead at 20-8 with eight minutes left in the first half and held a 30-22 advantage at the intermission.
AUM kept the Badgers at arm's length for much of the second half by maintaining an 8- to 10-point cushion, but Spring Hill launched a late rally to make it a 3-point game at 52-49 in favor of AUM off a 3-point bucket by Badger freshman guard Elissa VandeWaa of Spanish Fort, Ala., with just 16 seconds remaining.
Two free throws by AUM's Areial Woods with 14 seconds remaining sealed the Badgers' fate with the Warhawks taking the 54-49 road victory.
Junior center April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., scored her 12th double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 rebounds for SHC and sophomore Sha Sha Buchanan of Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School dropped in 10 points for Spring Hill.
As a team, the Badgers managed to shoot 32.8% (19-58) from the field and 25% (5-20) from 3-point range while suffering a season-low nine turnovers against seven AUM steals. The Warhawks, however, out-muscled SHC on the inside by taking down 51 rebounds and allowing the Badgers just 32 boards.
Bradford also swatted away seven Warhawk shots as the Badgers recorded 10 total blocks a team.
AUM was paced offensively by Woods with 17 points and LaKenya Drayton added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Warhawks.
Overall, AUM shot 34.4% (21-61) and failed to make any of their eight 3-point attempts while losing the ball 14 times in the face of seven Badger steals.
Spring Hill (8-15, 3-11 SSAC) will host the Dillard University Bleu Devils (9-10) in a non-conference game on Monday at 5 p.m.