The Spring Hill College women's basketball team upset Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) West Division rival and 21st-ranked Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) in a 66-59 decision at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Thursday evening.
Spring Hill trailed the Warhawks (13-5, 6-2 SSAC West) only once in the game and that came in the first 20 seconds following a jumper by LaKenya Drayton of AUM, but from that point on the Badgers ran out to an 11-point lead at 40-29 going into the intermission.
In the 2nd half, SHC held a 16-point bulge at 64-48 with just 4:38 remaining when the Warhawks rallied to slice the difference to 7 points with 1:17 to play. Seniors Kristin Rogers of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., each knocked down 1-of-2 free throws over the final 45 seconds to preserve the Badger advantage and the 66-59 home victory.
Freshman guard Natalie Harper of Greensboro, N.C., knocked down 4-of-9 3-point attempts to lead the Badger charge with 12 points as SHC shot 39% (23-59) overall and was 36.8% (7-19) in 3-point shooting. Spring Hill also limited its turnovers to an acceptable 15 fumbles against eight Warhawk steals.
For AUM, Psachal Maize scored a game-high 19 points as LeKenya Drayton tallied a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Wahawks shot 41.1% (23-56) from the field and 36.4% (4-11) from long distance while suffering 16 turnovers in the face of nine takeaways by the Badgers. AUM earned 40 rebounds and SHC took down 38 boards.
The Badgers (8-10, 5-4 SSAC West) will travel to New Orleans, La., on Saturday afternoon to take on the Loyola University (La.) Wolf Pack (7-9, 4-4 SSAC West) beginning at 2 p.m. in The Den.