MARIETTA, Ga. – The Spring Hill College women's basketball team lost its first conference match of the year with a 78-57 setback at the hands of the Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) Hornets in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) cross-divisional contest on Friday night.
The Hornets (6-0, 3-0 SSAC East) scored 12 of their first 14 points in the paint to build a quick 14-6 lead eight minutes into the contest on course to building a 32-22 advantage at halftime.
SPSU used a 12-2 run to start the second half and earned a 55-34 bulge at the 12:28 mark as the Hornets continued to control the area in front of the basket by a 34-22 margin.
Senior center April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., led the Badgers with 12 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double performance of the season and a school single-game record of six blocked shots. Overall, Spring Hill shot 31.8% (21-66) including 14.3% (3-21) from 3-point distance. SHC turned the ball over 19 times against just eight steals by the Hornets.
Ashlie Billingslea and Arnissa Galloway each dropped in 21 points for the Hornets as Galloway added a game-high 14 rebounds. SPSU shot 47.8 (32-67) from the field and 22.2 (2-9) from long distance while giving the ball away 21 times in the face of 10 Badger steals.
The Badgers (3-5, 2-1 SSAC West) will continue their current road swing with a visit to Cleveland, Tenn., on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. to face the 9th-ranked Lee University Lady Flames (5-1, 1-1 SSAC East).