The Spring Hill College women's basketball team fell to the Lady Bleu Devils of Dillard University 58-52 in a non-conference contest at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Monday evening.
Dillard (11-10) used a 6-0 run to open a nine-point advantage at 26-17 with 9:46 to go in the first half and carried a 36-22 cushion into halftime.
In the second period, the Badgers fell behind by as much as 19 points at 43-24 with 17 minutes to play and it looked as if Dillard was ready to cruise to an easy victory.
Freshman Spring Hill point guard Elissa VandeWaa of Spanish Fort, Ala., however, was not ready to go away quite so easily and erupted for all of her team-leading 17 points over the next 15 minutes including knocking down 4-of-5 3-pointers.
Behind the spark of VandeWaa's play, Spring Hill rallied to refill the hole to just 3 points at 53-50 with two minutes to play.
Despite being staggered, the Lady Bleu Devils would recover from the Badger body blow as guard Jazzmin Smith converted on 3-of-4 free throws to seal the victory for Dillard.
Sophomore guard Bria Bohanon of Ponchatoula, La., added 12 points for SHC to go along with VandeWaa's 17 points. Junior center April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., would swat away five shots by Dillard.
The Badgers out-rebounded Dillard 41-35, but suffered 17 turnovers against nine steals by the visitors. SHC shot 35.2% (19-54) from the field and was 31.6% (6-19) from 3-point distance.
Smith notched 19 points for Dillard to lead all scorers while Lauren Daniel pitched in 12 and Ariel Mitchell tallied 11 points. Kierrariel Mitchell hauled down 11 rebounds for DU to lead all rebounders.
Dillard was 40% (22-55) from the field and 50% (6-12) in 3-point attempts. The Lady Bleu Devils lost 13 turnovers against five Badger steals.
Spring Hill (8-16, 3-11 SSAC) will visit the Faulkner University Lady Eagles (17-8, 8-6 SSAC) for a conference game in Montgomery on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The match will also be available via a live video Web stream at http://www.ssacsports.com/f/Live_Stream.php.