The Spring Hill College women's basketball team lost a 64-63 overtime decision to the Cumberland University (Tenn.) Bulldogs in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (4-0) held a 31-25 lead going into the halftime locker rooms and built out as a large as a 13-point 43-30 advantage with 14 minutes left to play.
Spring Hill, however, refused to back down from the challenge and responded with a late rally that was capped by two free throws by junior guard Bria Bohanon of Ponchatoula, La., that knotted the game at 56-56 with 15 seconds on the clock.
A two-point bucket in the paint by sophomore point guard Elissa VandeWaa of Spanish Fort, Ala., put SHC up 61-59 two minutes into the extra time, but Cumberland's Josette Campbell answered with a 3-point shot to make it 62-61 in favor of the visitors from Lebanon, Tenn., with 2:15 to play.
Sophomore guard Bethany Collins drained two free throws to put the Badgers up 63-62, but London Elie's layup at 58 seconds proved to be the game winner as Elie would block a 10-foot shot by junior Tempey Hamilton of Mobile with 17 seconds left to secure the win.
Senior center April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., had 16 points and 12 rebounds for SHC while Collins added 10 points.
As a team, the Badgers shot 37.9% (22-58) from the floor and 42.9% (6-14) from 3-point land. Spring Hill cost themselves with 21 turnovers against just seven steals by Cumberland.
Jessica Pace scored 21 points for the Bulldogs and also pulled down 13 rebounds. CU out-rebounded the Badgers 47-40. Cumberland was 32.5% (25-69) overall and 28.6% (4-13) from behind the 3-point arc.
Spring Hill (1-3) will travel to New Orleans, La., on Tuesday to play non-conference rival and 11th-ranked Xavier University (1-0) at the Convocation Center beginning at 6 p.m.