The Spring Hill College women's basketball team came up short in an exhibition game at the University of South Alabama on Tuesday evening by the score of 86-52 at the USA Mitchell Center.
The Lady Jags (6-3) opened the game with hot hands from the outside as USA dropped in eight 3-point buckets in the 1st half en route to building a 48-26 lead at the intermission.
Early on the Badgers kept the game close with some timely rebounding, but eventually the Lady Jags' size and hot long distance shooting built out as much as an 84-43 advantage for USA with just over 2:30 left in the game.
The Badgers ended the night by outscoring South 11-2 over the final 2½ minutes of play for the 86-52 final score.
Junior forward Sha Sha Buchanan from Mobile, Ala., came off the bench to record a 4-for-4 effort from the field and a total of nine points. Freshman center Leah Washington from Houma, La., collected eight rebounds for the Badgers, but USA out-rebounded Spring Hill 47-39.
As a team, SHC hurt itself with 22 turnovers against 11 steals by the Lady Jags and shot 35.5% (22-62) from the field including 13.3% (2-15) from 3-point distance.
USA was paced by Mansa El with 15 points and Ronneka Robertson with 11 rebounds. The Lady Jags shot 46.6% (34-73) from the field and made 10-of-26 (38.5%) of their 3-point attempts. South surrendered 13 turnovers in the face of seven SHC steals.
The Badgers (3-6) will next play a non-conference game at the Southern University-New Orleans (SUNO) Lady Knights (3-1) at The Castle in New Orleans, La., on Saturday at 2 p.m.