The Spring Hill College women's basketball team came up short in an 89-78 loss to the Blue Mountain College Toppers in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) West Division game at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Thursday evening.
The Toppers (10-9, 7-6 SSAC West) held a slim 46-45 lead at the halftime intermission, but extended their advantage out to as much as eight points at 65-57 with 12 minutes left in the contest.
Spring Hill cut the lead down to five points on five different occasions over the last 10 minutes, but could draw no closer as the Toppers made five of their last six free throws over the final two minutes to nail down the win.
Sophomore guard Natalie Harper had 16 points to pace SHC while freshman Amee Smith added 12 more points and junior Elissa VandeWaa found 10 more points for the Badgers. SHC shot 46.7% (28-60) from the floor and 35% (7-20) from 3-point distance. The Badgers turned the ball over 16 times against nine steals by BMC and were out-rebounded by the Toppers 33 to 27 after holding a 13-9 advantage in boards at halftime.
Martin Methodist was led by Anna Page Brooke with 29 points, Andrea Lewis with 21 points, Kati Prince with 17 points and Kyesha Clark with 10 points. BMC shot 51% (26-51) from the field including 58.3% (7-12) from 3-point land. The Toppers committed 16 turnovers against four steals by Spring Hill. At the free throw line, Blue Mountain was 30-of-36 for 83.3% in contrast to the Badgers who shot 68.2% (15-22) from the charity stripe.
The Badgers (5-16, 2-11 SSAC West) will travel to the University of Mobile Lady Rams (15-6, 9-4 SSAC West) for a conference game on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Pharr Gymnasium.