“They showed character in this game,” Paine coach Willie Adams said of his team. “They weren’t afraid to get down, and they know they have what it takes to come back. We’ve had some close games, and this one was sweet.”
After falling behind by six with two minutes left in regulation, Paine (5-20, 5-16 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) crawled back to within two with 30 seconds remaining. Two free throws by Ariel Brown with five seconds left sent the game to overtime.
“She had struggled earlier in the game, so it was huge for her to make those,” Adams said.
Paine fell behind early in overtime and remained down for most of the period. However, a Quandra Rodgers 3-pointer with five seconds left tied the game at 79, sending the game to a second overtime.
“We needed a shot,” Rodgers said. “I was able to get the open shot and it fell for us. I’m just happy to be able to help the team.”
The second overtime was a different story for the Lady Lions, as they went ahead early and maintained a lead.
Rodgers led Paine with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Brittany Pevey added 10 points and 16 rebounds. Ciara Morris and Fathia Bess were also in double figures with 17 and 12 points.
The Lady Magicians (9-13, 9-12 SIAC) were led by Shonice Sprouse, who had 31 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.