The Spring Hill College women's basketball team saw the 22nd-ranked Faulkner University Lady Eagles come from behind late in the second half to slip past the Badgers 96-82 in overtime on Saturday afternoon in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
The Lady Eagles (19-4, 9-2 SSAC West) tried to deliver a haymaker blow to the Badgers early in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) West Division contest by taking a quick 15-4 lead just five minutes into game, but Spring Hill regrouped to build a 12-point advantage at 45-33 with 1:33 left in the half.
For the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half, the Badgers appeared to be on the way to a stunning upset of the Eagles as they answered each Faulkner charge with a key basket or defensive stop. At 8:45, Spring Hill held a 62-54 bulge, but then Faulkner's senior center Brittney Carter began to flex her muscles under the baskets, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds in the 2nd half alone.
Faulkner retook the lead at 71-70 with a basket by M.C. Bell at 3:05, but SHC refused to fold and sent the game into overtime with a layup by junior forward Sha Sha Buchanan with just 13 seconds remaining.
In overtime, Carter proved her worth scoring seven points with three rebounds as the Eagles out-distanced the Badgers 19-5 to secure the come-from-behind victory.
Sophomore point guard Elissa VandeWaa knocked down 18 points for the Badgers as sophomore guard Bethany Collins contributed 15 points and Buchanan adding 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Badgers shot 37.3% (28-75) from the field and were 38.9% (7-18) from 3-point land while suffering 19 turnovers against just seven steals by Faulkner. The Badgers also lost the rebounding war 54-45 with Faulkner winning all eight boards of the extra period.
Carter led all scorers and rebounders with 26 points and 15 rebounds and Christina Hayes added 23 points. Bell dropped in another 17 points for Faulkner as Shannon Evans pitched in 10 points. The Eagles were 48.1% (38-79) overall and 28.6% (4-14) in 3-point shooting. The visitors fumbled the ball away 20 times versus 10 Badger steals.
The Badgers (9-12, 5-6 SSAC West) will visit crosstown rivals the University of Mobile Lady Rams (11-9, 6-5 SSAC West) on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium.