The Spring Hill College women's basketball team won a physical Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) West Division game over William Carey University in a 67-55 outcome at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Crusaders (7-8, 3-5 SSAC West) and the Badgers traded the lead eight times in the first 10 minutes of play, but Spring Hill took control before halftime and went into the locker rooms with an 11-point lead at 29-18.
The 2nd half was similar to the 1st period as the Lady Crusaders fought back to cut the SHC lead down to four points at 40-36 with 11½ minutes remaining, but then the Badgers regrouped to take a 12-point advantage at 53-41 with 6:22 to play. The SHC run was capped by a 3-point basket by a suddenly hot-shooting freshman guard Armanee' Broussard from Lafayette, La., who hit two 3-pointers in the outburst.
By 2:21, the Badgers held a 63-47 bulge and closed the night with four consecutive free throws to secure the 67-55 win.
A balanced Badger scoring attack was led by junior forward Sha Sha Buchanan of Mobile with 14 points and 11 rebounds in her first double-double effort of the year.
Vechatita Bonner paced WCU with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Spring Hill shot 35.7% (20-56) on the night and 33.3% (4-12) from long distance. The Badgers were 23-39 (59%) in free throw attempts in a game dominated by tough inside play that resulted in 52 total fouls by both teams. SHC also edged out the Crusaders in rebounding 43-42.
The Badgers hurt themselves with 17 turnovers against just one steal by Carey while WCU suffered 22 fumbles in the face of 12 steals by an aggressive SHC defense.
Carey shot just 27.3% (15-55) overall and went 2-of-8 (25%) in 3-point attempts. At the charity line, the Crusaders made 23 of 27 shots for 85.2%.
The Badgers (7-10, 4-4 SSAC West) will next host the 18th-ranked Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Warhawks (13-4, 6-1 SSAC West) on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.