BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. – The Spring Hill College women's basketball team lost an exciting 74-72 conference verdict at Blue Mountain College on Thursday evening in Tyler Gymnasium.
The Toppers (11-14, 8-11 SSAC West) and the Badgers were tied 14-14 at the 12:10 mark of the 1st half, but a 17-6 run by BMC over the next six minutes of play ultimately resulted in SHC trailing by a 40-25 margin with four minutes left in the period.
Trailing 47-34 at the intermission, Spring Hill rallied to cut the deficit down to 49-40 four minutes into the 2nd half and was down just six points at 58-52 with 9½ minutes to play. With 1:20 left on the clock, the Badger ladies trailed 69-68, but two Topper free throws made it 74-70 with just 3.9 seconds left in the contest and a bucket by freshman guard Amee Smith of the Badgers as the horn sounded made it a 74-72 final score.
Senior forward Sha Sha Buchanan paced SHC with 15 points while Smith put in 13 points and junior guard Elissa VandeWaa added 12 points. SHC shot 47.5% (28-59) overall from the floor and 30.8% (4-13) from 3-point distance. The Badgers turned the ball over 14 times against three steals by Blue Mountain and were out-rebounded by the Toppers in a 37 to 35 tally.
BMC was led by guard Bryana Davis and forward Kati Prince with 17 points each. Blue Mountain shot 42.6% (23-54) from the field including 27.8% (5-18) from behind the 3-point line. BMC committed 19 turnovers against six steals by Spring Hill.
The Badgers (5-22, 2-17 SSAC West) will wrap the 2014 season on Saturday at 2 p.m. with an SSAC match versus William Carey University (8-15, 6-13 SSAC West) at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center. After the game, Spring Hill will honor its senior players with the annual Senior Day ceremony.