PULASKI, Tenn. – The Spring Hill College women's basketball team lost a 76-64 Southern States Athletic Conference West Division (SSAC) verdict to the 22nd-ranked Martin Methodist Lady RedHawks at the Robert E. Curry Christian Life Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady RedHawks (17-4, 10-2 SSAC West) held a 40-22 lead at the intermission and stretched their bulge out to as much as 23 points at 50-27 with 16:02 left in the 2nd half.
The Badger women responded to the challenge, however, and reeled in the RedHawks to within seven points at 65-59 with 3½ minutes to play. MMC would then score the next 13 points to seal the victory as missed shots and turnovers by Spring Hill down the stretch proved to be the difference.
Sophomore guard Natalie Harper had 21 points off seven 3-point baskets while junior guard Elissa VandeWaa added 11 points. Senior forward Sha Sha Buchanan pulled down 11 rebounds. SHC shot 30.3% (23-76) from the floor and 32.4% (12-37) from 3-point distance. The Badgers turned the ball over nine times against three steals by MMC and were out-rebounded the RedHawks 64 to 38 under the boards.
Martin Methodist was paced by Kelsey Nowlin's 19 points as Rachel Brown added 12 points with 16 rebounds. MMC shot 38.9% (28-72) from the field, but made none of their nine 3-point attempts The RedHawks committed 16 turnovers against seven steals by Spring Hill. At the free throw line, Martin Methodist was 20-of-31 for 64.5% in contrast to the Badgers' 50% effort at 6-of-12 from the charity stripe.
The Badgers (5-15, 2-10 SSAC West) will host the Blue Mountain College Toppers (9-9, 6-6 SSAC West) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.