The Spring Hill College women's basketball team dropped a Southern States Athletic Conference West Division (SSAC) decision to the Loyola University (La.) Wolf Pack 97-72 in at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Thursday evening.
The Wolf Pack (14-7, 8-3 SSAC West) built a 51-30 lead by the halftime intermission highlighted by a 15-0 run during a 6-minute span midway through the period and then extended their advantage out to as much as 24 points early in the 2nd half.
Senior forward Sha Sha Buchanan and freshman guard Amee Smith each scored 14 points for Spring Hill while Buchanan recorded her fifth double-double of the year by adding 11 rebounds. SHC shot 39.1% (27-69) from the floor and 33.3% (6-18) from 3-point distance. The Badgers turned the ball over 18 times against 10 steals by Loyola and were out-rebounded the Wolf Pack 43 to 41 under the boards.
The Wolf Pack was paced by Jasmine Brewer's 21 points as Janeicia Neely added 17 points and Kylah Jones contributed 11 points to Loyola's effort. Loyola shot 52.2% (35-67) from the field including 33.3% (7-21) from long distance while suffering 12 turnovers in the face of nine steals by Spring Hill.
Thursday's game between Loyola and Spring Hill was just one of many contests this season between the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Dedicated to academic rigor, research, faith and serving others, Jesuit Catholic education stands at the intersection of minds, hearts and souls. Alumni of the two schools are just some of the more than two million Jesuit graduates in America.
The Badgers (5-14, 2-9 SSAC West) will visit the 22nd-ranked Martin Methodist College Lady RedHawks (16-4, 9-2 SSAC West) at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Pulaski, Tenn.