The Spring Hill College women's basketball team lost an exhibition decision to NCAA Division 1 member the University of South Alabama (USA) Lady Jaguars by a score of 66-42 at the USA Mitchell Center on Tuesday night.
The Lady Jags (1-6) took a quick 5-0 lead to open the game, but a six-point run by the Badgers gave SHC a 6-5 lead 5½ minutes into the contest. The Badgers and the Jags then traded buckets to give Spring Hill its last lead of the evening at 8-7 as USA rolled out to a 21-12 advantage with 7:24 to go in the half and held a 31-19 cushion at the break.
Spring Hill rallied to cut the deficit down to 31-24 in the first 90 seconds of the 2nd half but could come no closer as the Jags maintained a comfortable 12- to 16-point advantage for much of the rest of the game.
Camry Johnson pulled in a team-high six rebounds as Bethany Collins dropped in nine points for the Badgers who shot 30.6% (15-49) from the floor, but just 15.8% (3-19) from 3-point distance.
Jennifer Johnson of South scored a game-high 15 points while Ronneka Robertson hauled down nine rebounds. The Lady Jags shot 38.7% (24-62) overall and 26.9% (7-26) in 3-point attempts. USA won the battle of the boards by a 48-32 margin in rebounding and the Badgers once again shot themselves in the foot with 19 turnovers against just five steals by South defenders. SHC forced six steals as USA turned the ball over 15 total times.
The Badgers (2-5) will next host non-conference foe and future Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) rival Stillman College (2-4) at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Friday at 5:30 p.m.