The Spring Hill College women's basketball team rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to take an 85-80 conference decision at the University of Mobile on Saturday evening at H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium.
The Lady Rams (7-19, 4-12 SSAC) used a 16-6 run midway through the first half to build out a 22-11 advantage, but Spring Hill scored the last seven points of the period over the final minute of play to trail by just 3 points at 43-40 going to the break.
Mobile answered the second half bell by launching a 10-0 run to retake a 53-40 bulge just 3½ minutes into the period.
The Badgers refused to go away, however, and began to slowly whittle away at the Lady Rams' lead. With 7 minutes on the clock, Spring Hill trailed 69-61 and launched a furious comeback starting with a 9-3 run that made it just a 72-70 Mobile lead with 4:43 to play.
SHC junior center April Bradford from Pensacola, Fla., then took over on the inside and scored the game's next six points to give the Badgers their first lead since 2-0 in the first minute of play at 76-72 with 3:14 left.
With SHC leading 82-80, Mobile's Lauren Bethly would miss both ends of a potential game tying two-shot free throw opportunity while the Badgers' sophomore guard Tempey Hamilton of Mobile's Murphy High School made 1-of-2 on the other end to make it 83-80 with 16.5 seconds remaining.
The Badger defense then forced the Lady Rams to turn the ball over on a crucial five second violation coming out of a timeout on the Mobile end of the court with 10 seconds showing on the scoreboard and junior forward Kristin Rogers of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., sank two free throws to salt away the victory for the visitors.
Bradford and Rogers both scored 19 points for the Badgers while sophomores Bria Bohanon of Ponchatoula, La., and Sha Sha Buchanan of Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School each added 11 points in the win.
As a team, Spring Hill shot 46.9% (30-64), but was just 1-of-11 (9.1%) in 3-point attempts and suffered 24 turnovers against 16 Ram steals. SHC won the rebound battle 44-42.
Mobile's Alice Honnery scored a game-high 22 points and Daphnee Frieson had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bethly also had 11 points for the Lady Rams.
The Rams shot 45.1 % (32-71) overall and 25% (2-8) form 3-point territory while turning the ball over 20 times in the face of 10 steals by the Badgers.
Spring Hill (9-17, 4-12 SSAC) will wrap up the 2011-12 home season by hosting the 16th-ranked Belhaven University Lady Blazers (22-6, 15-2 SSAC) at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.