The Spring Hill College women's basketball team won its third consecutive game with a 69-61 cross-divisional Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) decision over the Southern Wesleyan University Warriors at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Friday evening.
The Badgers built out a 7-point lead over the Warriors (5-7, 0-4 SSAC East) at 20-13 with 8:46 to play in the 1st half, but SWU benefited from numerous Badger turnovers to rally and take a 36-34 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
In the 2nd half, the Warriors and the Badgers battled basket-for-basket as neither squad could manage more than a 3-point bulge and the game was tied on six occasions over the first 10 minutes.
The Badgers turned a 61-60 deficit into a 62-60 advantage off a put-back basket by senior center April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., with 1:53 remaining in the game and then iced the game over the final minute with six consecutive free throws by Bradford, sophomore point guard Elissa VandeWaa of Spanish Fort, Ala., and sophomore point guard Bethany Collins from Apex, N.C.
Bradford scored all 14 of her points in the 2nd half to pace the SHC squad and recorded her fourth double-double effort of the year with 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Natalie Harper of Greensboro, N.C., continued to be hot from long distance and drained four 3-point shots to score 14 points on the night and senior forward Kristin Rogers of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., added 10 rebounds to the Badger cause.
Spring Hill shot 38.7% (24-62) overall and 33.3% (6-18) from 3-point land while out-rebounding the Warriors 49 to 40. Turnovers still haunted the Badgers as SHC committed 21 fumbles against 11 steals by SWU.
Ashley Cooper recorded a game-high 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead SWU. The Warriors were 34.7% (25-72) from the field and 22.7% (5-22) in 3-point attempts. SWU turned the ball over 16 times in the face of six Badger steals.
The Badgers (6-8, 3-2 SSAC West) will host the College of Coastal Georgia Mariners (12-3, 4-1 SSAC East) in a cross-divisional conference game on Saturday at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center beginning at 3 p.m.