The Spring Hill College women's basketball team finished the 2013-14 season with a 75-65 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) loss to the William Carey University Lady Crusaders on Saturday afternoon at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
The Lady Crusaders (9-15, 7-13 SSAC West) led 41-29 at halftime and by as much as 17 points at with 3:51 remaining in the contest after SHC had rallied to make it a 52-45 deficit just seven minutes into the 2nd half.
Senior guard Tempey Hamilton paced Spring Hill with 14 points while junior guard Elissa VandeWaa scored 11 points and freshman Amee Smith added 13 points to the Badger cause. SHC shot 44.6% (25-56) overall from the floor and 29.4% (5-17) from 3-point range. The Badgers turned the ball over 21 times against 14 steals by Carey, but out-rebounded the Lady Crusaders by a 34 to 28 margin.
Carey was led by guard Tisa Smith with 19 points as five Lady Crusaders broke into double-digit scoring. William Carey shot 49.1% (27-55) from the field including 41.7% (5-12) from behind the 3-point arc. Carey committed 14 turnovers in the face of 10 steals by the Badgers.
Spring Hill closed out the year with a 5-23 mark overall and a 2-18 record in the SSAC West Division. The game also marked the final NAIA women's basketball game for Spring Hill as next year they will move to NCAA Division II and join the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).