CENTRAL, S.C. – The Spring Hill College women's basketball team continued its season-opening four-game road swing with a 86-72 conference loss at Southern Wesleyan University on Friday evening at Historic Tysinger Gymnasium.
SHC led the Warriors (2-2, 1-0 SSAC East) 12-6 five minutes into the contest, but a 20-2 run by Southern Wesleyan turned an 24-24 tie into a 44-26 bubble in just four minutes from 10:38 to 6:40 in the 1st half.
A seven-point burst by the Badgers cut it to a 44-31 SWU lead, but a nine-point barrage by the Warriors made it a 55-31 game with a minute to go before the intermission.
Trailing 57-33 at halftime, Spring Hill rallied to cut a one-time Warrior 27-point 2nd-half bulge down to 69-60 at the 8:24 mark and trailed just 72-66 with 6:30 showing on the clock. The Warriors regrouped late, however, to rebuild a 16-point lead with just two minutes in the game.
The Badgers were paced by junior guards Bethany Collins of Apex, N.C., with 20 points and Natalie Harper of Greensboro, N.C., with 13 points as forward Camry Johnson of Mobile had 11 rebounds. Michelle Anaya led the Warriors with 22 points and Kiara Coleman had 18 points while Chelsie Waters added 12 points and Shelby Gilbert added 10 points for the home team.
As a team, SHC shot 35.9% (28-78) from the field including a 20.6% (7-34) effort from 3-point distance. The Badgers out-rebounded the Warriors 52-48, but turnovers were still Spring Hill's Achilles Heel with 21 turnovers against 12 steals while benefiting from just 12 losses by Southern Wesleyan in the face of five Badger steals. SWU shot 41.9% (31-74) overall and were 25% (3-12) from long distance.
The Badgers (0-3, 0-1 SSAC West) wrap up their current road odyssey with a trip to Franklin Springs, Ga., on Saturday for a conference match with the Emmanuel College Lady Lions (4-1, 1-0 SSAC East) at Williamson Basketball Arena beginning at 2 p.m. C.D.T.