The Mississippi College women’s basketball team dropped an 82-78, overtime decision at Shorter University on Saturday afternoon in Gulf South Conference play.
Kelley Allen recorded a double-double to lead the Lady Choctaws in the setback with 19 points and a season-best 16 rebounds. The Puckett, Miss., native was one of four Lady Choctaws in double figures in the game.
Toni Woods tied a career-high with 14 points and missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Ashley Minor tied a season-best with 18 points while Olivia Mabry added 11 points.
Mississippi College out-shot Shorter from the field. MC connected on 40 percent from the floor while the Hawks shot 37.3 percent, however, the Lady Choctaws didn’t connect on six shots from behind the arc. SU posted a clip of 33.3 (7-for-21) from 3-point line.
The Navy and Gold shot a 90.3 percent from the free throw line in the setback – besting its previous total of 81.3 percent against LeMoyne-Owen College earlier this season.
MC bested Shorter by plus-10 on the glass (49-39). It marks the first time this season that the squad has dropped a contest despite out-rounding the opposition.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Mississippi College was outscored 13-9 in the overtime period to fall to 1-2 in GSC play. MC trailed 32-24 at the half, but rallied back to outscore the Hawks 45-37 in the second stanza.
Raven Fair gave Shorter the lead early on a layup one minute into the OT period. SU led by as many as six on two occasions in the extra time.
Allen pulled MC to within a point with 1:30 left in overtime with a pair of free throws, but the Lady Choctaws couldn’t overcome the deficit.
Woods gave the Lady Choctaws their first lead since midway of the first quarter on a layup with 5:03 left to play in regulation. The two squads exchanged lead changes and ties the remainder of the way until the nation’s leading scorer Taylor Adams placed Shorter up 69-67 with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Minor sent the contest in the extra period with four ticks left in regulation as she scored on a layup.
Shorter had one last heave at the basket to clinch the win in regulation as Kayla Tillie missed a layup as time expired.
Mississippi College returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 31 as it hosts Christian Brothers in GSC action. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.