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Turnovers Bite Badgers in Loss at Tuskegee

WPMI

Daja Walker scored a career-high 15 points, but Spring Hill College's women's basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start as the Badgers fell, 63-51, to Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala., Monday night.

Tuskegee opened up a 7-0 lead before a Walker jumper netted the first two points of the night for SHC (10-14, 6-9 SIAC). The Badgers would get back within three points on two occasions in the first quarter, but the Tigers would close the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 21-10 lead after the opening 10 minutes.

SHC had a solid second quarter defensively, holding Tuskegee to just five points in the frame. Tiffany Valentine had five points in a row for the Badgers in the frame, and a lay-up by Umayah Harvey cut the deficit to three, 24-21, late in the first half. TU would score the final points of the quarter to lead at halftime by five, 26-21.

Spring Hill got within four points on three occasions in the third quarter, but the Tigers would keep the visitors at arm's length throughout the quarter. Valentine scored six of her 14 points in the quarter as Tuskegee held a 45-37 lead after 30 minutes.

SHC quickly cut the lead down to three early in the fourth quarter, with Mathilde Nicolas sinking a 3-pointer as part of a 5-0 run to start the period. Almost as quickly, a pair of Tuskegee (17-6, 12-3 SIAC) pushed the lead back up to seven and forced an SHC timeout. Momentum would stay with the home side after the stoppage, as the Tigers would push ahead for a 13-point lead with just over four minutes to go, essentially putting the game away,

Turnovers would be the undoing of SHC as the Badgers lost possession 25 times, compared to just 12 for TU. The Tigers held a 27-13 advantage in points off turnovers. Jade Wilson led TU in scoring with 21, while Alexis Carter had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Katie Krout led SHC with 10 rebounds, giving her double-digit rebounds for the seventh time this season.

The Badgers will continue their three-game road trip to close the regular season this Saturday at Lemoyne-Owen College. Opening tip-off in Memphis, Tenn., is slated for 2 p.m. in a SIAC match-up.

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