MARIETTA, Ga. – In Southern States Athletic Conference play on Friday, the Southern Polytechnic State University women’s basketball team remained undefeated this season with a 78-57 victory over the visiting Spring Hill College Badgers inside the Hornets Nest. Southern Polytechnic’s 6-0 start is the second-best in the program’s history, behind only the 2009-10 squad that began with 16 straight wins and finished 30-5 overall.
“After a 10-day break, we looked a little rusty in the first half but we made the necessary adjustments to get the win,” Southern Poly head coach Laquanda Dawkins said. “We had a great team effort on both ends of the floor. It was good to see players stepping up for us and contributing to the win. I am happy with our play overall tonight.”
The Hornets never trailed in the game and established a 32-22 lead at the intermission. Spring Hill never got inside the 10-point halftime margin in the final 20 minutes with SPSU talking its biggest advantage, 62-36, with 10 minutes left in the contest. The closest the Badgers got after that was 18 points on two occasions.
From the field, Southern Poly was 32-of-67 (47.8 percent), compared to 21-of-66 (31.8 percent) for SHC. The Hornets finished with a 50-37 edge in rebounds.
“Our rebounding was awesome which allowed us to get a few second-chance points in the paint as well as initiate our transition offense,” Dawkins said. “I was not too pleased with our lack of focus and communication in transition on several occasions late in the second half. We allowed them to make uncontested baskets late and that is not Southern Poly basketball.”
Leading the way for the winners was junior center Arnissa Galloway, who tallied season and game highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Senior guard Ashlie Billingslea also tossed in 21 points to go along with a game-best nine assists and four steals while junior guard Sarah Ogoke had 16 points and 10 boards.Erica Turner, a junior forward, came up with 11 points and nine rebounds while junior guard Quentessa Bullock contributed seven points and a season-high 10 boards.
SPSU improves to 3-0 in the SSAC while Spring Hill drops to 3-5 overall, including 2-1 in conference play. The Hornets are right back in action on Saturday when hosting the Loyola University Wolfpack (from New Orleans, La.) in a SSAC contest at 3 p.m. The Loyola-Southern Poly men’s game follows at approximately 5 p.m.
“We have got to take this momentum and carry it over to tomorrow's game against Loyola,” Dawkins said.