Lady Fire Rallies To Defeat Northwood In Overtime, 64-62
February 5, 2011
SEU Wins Fourth Straight Game; Improves to .500 Within Conference
LAKELAND--The Southeastern Lady Fire basketball team won their fourth straight game, Saturday afternoon, this time in dramatic fashion, coming from behind to defeat Northwood University in overtime, 64-62.
SEU trailed by 13 points (48-35) with 9:18 left in regulation, but went on a 19-5 run to the rest of the way as the Lady Seahawks could not find a basket, going over six minutes without scoring.
Breckley Neale scored inside to give the Lady Fire their first lead of the second half, 52-51, with just 1:25 remaining.
Casey Jensen and Ashley Wilson then both hit 1-of-2 free throws to extend SEU's lead to 54-51 with 45 seconds to play.
Northwood's Keishla Rivera then answered with a huge three-pointer to tie the score, 54-54, with 37 seconds remaining.
Southeastern then chewed up some clock, and Wilson went strong to the basket and missed a shot, Liz Capps grabbed an offensive rebound, and was fouled with just nine seconds to play.
Capps, however, missed both free throws as the two teams finished regulation tied at 54-54.
The Lady Fire missed just five free throws in the second half, going 19-of-24, but four of the missed free throws came with under a minute to play in regulation.
In overtime, SEU grabbed an early four point lead (58-54) before Northwood rallied to tie the score (58-58), after a few careless SEU turnovers.
Then, the play of the game happened with just under 10 seconds to play in overtime. With the score tied, 62-62, Southeastern needed to go the length of the floor with just 15 seconds to play. Wilson pushed the ball up the floor when Northwood's Rivera seemed to forget the score was tied, and fouled Wilson to put her on the free throw line with just nine seconds left.
Wilson calmly hit both free throws, giving the Lady Fire a 64-62 advantage. Northwood missed a desperate heave to tie the score at the buzzer, and the Lady Fire celebrated another close Sun Conference victory.
Jensen had a monster game inside, scoring 11 points and pulling down a season high 17 rebounds.
Capps led SEU with 13 points, but went just 1-of-6 from the field. She did, however, shoot 11-of-14 from the charity stripe to go with six rebounds and four blocked shots.
Tori Robison hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with 12 points while Wilson had an all around good game, ending with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Southeastern managed to win the game despite turning the ball over 28 times, and scoring just 19 first half points. The Lady Fire trailed, 27-19, at the half as SEU shot a dismal 28% from the floor.
The victory sends the Lady Fire's record to 10-12 overall and 5-5 within The Sun Conference.
SEU will travel to Jacksonville, Tuesday night, to face Edward Waters College in a non-conference matchup. Southeastern lost to EWC, 64-45, back on January 11, in Lakeland. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.