The Spring Hill College women's basketball team earned a 77-68 non-conference victory over future Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) rival the Stillman College Lady Tigers on Friday evening at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
The Badgers stampeded out to a 26-7 lead over the Lady Tigers (2-6) in the first 11 minutes of play as Stillman's outside shooting was an ice cold 3-of-18 from 3-point distance in the first half.
After taking a 42-28 lead into the halftime locker rooms, the Badgers saw the Lady Tigers warm up from the outside in the 2nd half. With 5:29 left to go in the contest, a bucket by the Lady Tigers' Samantha Thomas cut the once mountainous Badger lead down to just three points at 64-61.
Two buckets in the paint by freshman Amee Smith sandwiched around four free throws by junior Bethany Collins highlighted a Badger run back out to an 11-point cushion at 74-63 with less than a minute to go in the game. Spring Hill's timely defense and rebounding over the final three minutes of play was a major factor in securing the win.
Collins and fellow junior Elissa VandeWaa each scored 14 points for the Badgers while sophomore Armanee' Broussard added 13 additional points. The Badger shot 48.1% (26-54) from the floor and 36.8% (7-19) from 3-point territory as they also won the rebounding battle by a 45-38 margin.
Angel Mitchell led all scorers with 24 points for Stillman while Thomas scored a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Tigers were 37.7% (26-69) from the field and 27.6% (8-29) from behind the arc. Stillman benefited from 19 SHC turnovers with eight steals and the Badgers took away 10 steals as the Lady Tigers suffered 15 turnovers.
The Badgers (3-5) will next play an exhibition contest at NCAA Division 1 opponent Southern University-Baton Rouge (3-3) on Saturday at 11 a.m.