The Spring Hill College women's basketball team took home a Southern States Athletic Conference victory in a 71-63 outcome over Belhaven University at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.
Spring Hill built out a 16-point advantage in the 1st half and held a 44-33 bulge at halftime.
Belhaven (9-14, 6-7 SSAC West) launched a late rally to cut the deficit down to just four points at 67-63 with just 23 seconds remaining, but four consecutive free throws by Badger sophomore guard Bethany Collins of Apex, N.C., held off the Blazers and preserved the Spring Hill victory.
Sophomore guard Elissa VandeWaa of Spanish Fort, Ala., scored 11 points while junior forward Sha Sha Buchanan of Mobile and Collins each added 10 points to the Badger totals. Spring Hill shot 42.4% (25-59) overall and was 25% (4-16) from 3-point distance. Turnovers proved to still bother the Badgers as they fumbled away the ball 21 times against 10 Belhaven steals.
For Belhaven, Erika Leflore led all scorers and rebounders with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Ashley Wakefield contributed 12 points. The Blazers shot 38.3% (23-60) from the field and made 20% (2-10) of their 3-point buckets. The Badgers took away 10 steals out of 22 turnovers by Belhaven, but the Blazers took a slim 40-39 edge in rebounding.
The Badgers (10-13, 6-7 SSAC West) will next play at the William Carey University Lady Crusaders (7-13, 3-9 SSAC West) in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m.