Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 2, 2007) - It took two overtime periods to get the job done, but in the end the JBU Lady Golden Eagles walked away with a 74-70 win over Mid-America Christian in Murray Sells Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
With the win JBU improves to 5-4, 1-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, while MACU drops to 2-7, 0-2.
Sophomore guard Michaela Cully had a game high 23 points, 10 assists, and three steals for JBU. Shawna Patton paced the Lady Evangels with 22.
JBU fought back from being down twenty with less than ten minutes remaining in the game. Mid-America Christian struggled taking care of the ball and continued committing turnovers allowing JBU to chip away at the lead.
Finally, in the closing seconds of regulation, JBU worked their way back to only being down 54-56 with 5.0 seconds on the clock. Emily Ortiz took the pass from the sideline and found Ashley Taylor on the baseline. Taylor drove to the basket unscathed and banked in the layup to send it into overtime. She finished with nine points.
In the first overtime period, Cully helped her team get easy baskets by increasing the tempo and pushing the ball up the floor against MACU. But MACU wouldn’t go away and forced a second overtime period. Both teams scored seven points each in the first overtime.
MACU struck first and would go ahead by four points in the second O.T. period. JBU, however, remained calm and regained the lead with less than a minute on the clock. In the closing seconds it came down to free throws. And sophomore Lenece Glossett sealed the deal after draining two down the stretch to give JBU a four point, 74-70 cushion.
MACU had one last opportunity to make something happen but was unable to get off a shot.
For the game, JBU only shot 33% including 18% from beyond the arc. And MACU won the rebounding battle 51-38. The difference came in the turnover column where JBU only committed 19 turnovers to 36 by MACU.
Even after shooting a poor percentage in the first half, head coach Jeff Soderquist told his team to stay focused and not pass up the open shots.
“We were taking good shots,” said Soderquist. “And I told the girls at halftime to continue taking good shots and they’re eventually going to fall.”
The ladies return home on Thursday at 6 p.m. when they take on conference opponent Rogers State (Okla.).