The Spring Hill College women's basketball team snapped its four-game season-opening losing skid with a 77-58 conference victory over the Brenau University Golden Tigers on Friday night at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
Spring Hill hit the Golden Tigers (4-3, 2-1 SSAC East) hard late in the first half and turned a tight 12-12 contest after five minutes into a 14-point run away game at 26-12 with 8:10 left in the 1st half. By the break, the Badgers held a 23-point 47-24 lead that featured a highlight reel offensive rebound by senior guard Bria Bohannon who spun in mid-air while leaping out of bounds to find sophomore Armanee' Broussard who scored as the buzzer sounded.
Brenau regrouped at halftime to cut the Badger advantage down to 13 points at 59-46 with 10 minutes to play, but SHC remained calm and continued to move the ball well on the perimeter while drawing fouls on the inside. Broussard effectively ended the Golden Tiger rally with consecutive 3-point buckets to rebuild a 19-point cushion with just eight minutes left on the clock.
The score would slip down to a 15-point spread at 70-55 with just under four minutes remaining, but the matter was settled as SHC closed out the 77-58 decision.
Broussard paced SHC with 13 points including three 3-pointers while junior Bethany Collins added 11 points. Brenau's Kalin Williams had 13 points and Brittney Wiley scored 12 points.
As a team, SHC shot 43.8% (28-64) from the field including a sizzling 43.5% (10-23) night from the 3-point arc. The Badgers out-rebounded the Tigers 46-41 with a domineering 36-board effort in defensive rebounds. Unforced turnovers continued to cause problems for the Badgers as SHC committed 18 turnovers against just six steals by Brenau.
The Golden Tigers handed the ball back to the Badgers on 15 occasions with SHC taking six steals. BU shot 34.5% (20-58) overall and were 20% (3-15) from long range. Brenau also hurt itself with a miserable 44.1% (15-34) night at the free throw line
The Badgers (1-4, 1-2 SSAC West) will continue home conference play on Saturday at 4 p.m. versus the East Division leading Mariners of the College of Coastal Georgia (7-0, 3-0 SSAC East) at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.