NEWBERRY, S.C. — It took five minutes of overtime, but Newberry held off a second-half comeback by No. 14 Limestone to earn a 67-63 victory on Saturday.
The win was the second time this season the Wolves defeated a top-20 team, as they defeated No. 20 Lander on November 13th.
Newberry (7-2) dominated the opening half, jumping out to an early 11-point lead after sophomore Haylee Lepaio connected on a jump shot off a pass from fellow sophomore Samantha Creed. The Wolves run against Limestone (6-1) continued as the lead reached 13 points following a free throw by junior Ellie Gleeson right before halftime.
With a 25-12 lead against the Saints, Newberry and Limestone exchanged points over the next few minutes until the Saints cut the Wolves lead down to nine. After both sides missed scoring opportunities to close out the opening half, junior Tasia Holdorf rebounded a Newberry shot and scored on a layup to give Newberry a halftime lead at 32-21.
In the second half, the Saints quickly cut the Wolves lead down to three and took the lead on a 3-pointer from Maria Young. The two teams exchanged leads for much of the second half, with the Saints scoring 18 points off Newberry turnovers. With 2:37 remaining in the opening half, the Wolves took a two-point lead on a pair of free throws by Lepaio.
Limestone got the ball with less than 30 seconds remaining. Out of a timeout, Ashley Robinson received a pass in the paint from Stephanie Hayes and converted the layup to tie the game at 55. The Wolves had the chance for a game-winning layup with two seconds on the clock, but the layup skipped out of the basket pushing the game to overtime.
Newberry opened overtime with six consecutive points on layups and free throws from Creed, Gleeson and senior Kendra Brown. With a little over a minute remaining, Creed hit a 3-pointer to give Newberry a 64-61 lead. The final minute came down to two free throws that cut Newberry’s lead to one. Brown and Gleeson then converted one free throw each to put the Wolves up 66-63. The Wolves secured the victory when Hayes missed a 3-point chance for Limestone and Lepaio hit a free throw with one second on the clock.
Lepaio recorded her 18th career double-double as she recorded 18 points and got a career-high 18 rebounds, she also added two assists and a blocked shot. Creed finished with 17 points, five assists, five steals and three rebounds for the Wolves. Pearson added eight points and five rebounds, while Gleeson added seven points and eight rebounds. Holdorf finished with six points and a season-high seven rebounds.
Newberry outrebounded the Saints 57-42 and finished with a 16-11 advantage in assists.