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OT win Again
As any team moves through a season, they begin to develop an identity. For the Lady Cougars, it appears that their identity will include the ability to find a way to win overtime games.
The Lady Cougars were coming off of a disappointing performance against Southeastern University and were looking for their second win of the season. For their part, the Falcons were coming off of a home loss to Bob Jones University.
At the start of the game, Hanna Glaze got the scoring started at 3-0, but the Falcons would go on an 8-0 run. From there, the Cougars would struggle to find their range, and the Falcons would stretch their lead to as much as 14. But the resilient Cougars wouldn't go away. After trailing 15-29, the Lady cougars would respond with a 17-9 run to close out the half only trailing 32-38.
When the Lady Cougars came out of the half, they were looking to set the tone and reclaim the lead, but the Falcons had other plans. With 11:58 remaining in the game, the Cougars trailed 43-59. Then, it happened. The Lady Cougars went on a 19-2 run over the next 5:50 to take a 62-61 lead over the Falcons. But neither team was willing to quit. So, with 0:22 remaining, Tori Hale's steal and layup would tie the score at 74. Then, with 0:12 remaining, Dominique Powell put the Falcons up 76-74.
The Cougars called a timeout with :07 remaining to get a last second play. The ball was inbounded and passed to Hallie Linville who took a contested three from the right wing and missed, but, once again, Tori Hale grabbed the offensive rebound and put it back for the tie with :0.9 remaining to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Kenya Joseph set the tone defensively as she accounted for 3 blocked shots, and Hallie Linville got the offense going with back-to-back three-point buckets. From there, the Lady Cougars would outscore the Falcons 14-7 in overtime and claim the 90-83 victory.
For the Cougars, Tori Hale led all scorers with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, and 6 steals. Hallie Linville added 20 points and 8 rebounds. Ashleigh Diaz scored her season high with 19 points. Hanna Glaze and Kenya Joseph each scored 10. To round out the scoring, Liz Jenkins added 5 points and Naomi Reed chipped in 4.
The Lady Cougars return to action at home on Tuesday, January 21 for their first NCCAA II South Region match-up against Trinity Baptist College. Tip off is set for 5:00.
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