RICHARDSON, Texas — Texas-Dallas became the first American Southwest Conference team this season to knock off No. 17 Louisiana College, fighting back in overtime to take a 74-72 win on Saturday.
Jo’Anna Davis drew a foul with three seconds left and broke a 72-all tie with a pair of free throws to complete the upset for the Comets, who fell three points behind twice in the overtime period.
The winning basket was set up seconds earlier when a lane violation against Louisiana College prevented the Lady Wildcats from regaining the lead at the free throw line. UTD broke through the relentless Louisiana College press defense and got the ball to Davis, who drove the lane and was fouled by LC’s Kala Chenier with three seconds on the clock.
With the win, the Comets (14-8, 10-6 ASC) moved into a tie with UT-Tyler for second place in the American Southwest Conference East Division race. LC (20-2, 15-1 ASC) still holds a sizable lead for the East Division title with just over a week still to play in the regular season. The Lady Wildcats entered the game with just one loss on the season, and had only been held under a double-digit margin of victory in just one conference game.
Using defensive pressure inside and dominating the boards, the Comets took control of the scoreboard early and kept the lead until the 7:30 mark of the second half, when the Lady Wildcats finally clawed their way back to a 54-all tie. In the final 7:30 of regulation, there were five ties and nine lead changes. The Comets worked their lead back up to four points (61-57) on a pair of Davis free throws with 4:12 to go, but LC was able to outscore UTD 10-6 down the stretch to tie and send the game into overtime.
Down 67-65 with less than a second left in regulation, Katie Korioth sent the game into overtime. Korioth drove to the hole as time was running out and got fouled by Chenier. She then hit a pair of clutch free throws to tie the score and send the game into overtime.
In overtime, LC was up 71-68 with 2:55 remaining before Davis nailed a 3-pointer to tie the score at 71. After both teams split free throw chances down the stretch, LC’s Danisha Allison tied the score at 72 with 17 seconds remaining, but teammate Skylar Chenevart stumbled into the lane before Allison could take her second free throw, and the Comets got the ball back and a last chance to win it.
UTD hit just 18 of 47 shots (38.3 percent) and committed a season-high 34 turnovers against the LC press, leading to 28 Lady Wildcat points. However, the Comets allowed LC to hit just 23 of 76 shots (30.3 percent) and forced 12 turnovers of their own.
The Comets had four players finish in double-figure scoring, paced by Morgan Kilgore’s season-high 23-point game and eight rebounds. Davis scored 14 points while Amber Brown hit a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Korioth had nine points to go along with 12 boards and a pair of blocked shots.