Bulldogs outlast Fort Hays in double OT

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. â?? The Truman Womenâ??s Basketball team scored the final seven points in regulation and overcame Fort Hays (Kan.) State in double overtime 57-55 to match the schoolâ??s best start in the programâ??s history at 15-3, 8-2 in the MIAA.

In a defensive battle that saw both teams shoot less than 35% from the field, the Tigers grabbed a 41-34 lead with 3:32 to play.

Amy Briggsâ?? hit only the second three-pointer of the day for Truman a minute later to spark the comeback.

Becka McHenry clawed Truman back to within two as she made a pair of foul shots following a block by Jennifer Conway on the defensive end.

Conway tied the game after grabbing an offensive rebound and converting on two more free throws with 17 seconds left.

The Tigersâ?? Kate Lehman had a chance to win it in regulation but her baseline jumper came up short.

Fort Hays led by three in the first overtime but Allie Norton knotted the game with her first three of the afternoon with one minute left.

Norton then retied the game with 23 seconds showing following a basket by Katelyn Edwards.

Beth Bohuslavsky took a shot from three and Edwards got the offensive board.

After a timeout, the Tigers turned the ball over as time expired in the first overtime.

In the second overtime, Norton untied the game with her second triple and Nicole Gloor gave the Bulldogs their largest lead at five with a basket at the 3:11 mark.

Edwards made a pair of foul shots with 2:27 left and the two teams traded empty possessions for the next two minutes.

Edwards made one of two from the line with 15 seconds remaining and following a steal by Bohuslavsky, had another chance to tie at the buzzer.

Traci Keyserâ??s awkward shot from the right wing missed everything.

After shooting just under 30% during regulation, Truman made 7-of-12 field goal attempts in the overtimes.

Norton led all scorers with 13 points with Gloor and Briggs chipping in for 11 and 10 apiece.

The Bulldogs also won the battle of the boards 42-36.

Edwards finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, while top scorer Kate Lehman was held to just 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

The win was the 13th straight at home for the Bulldogs, 10th straight conference win at home and matched the 1998-99 squad with best record by a Bulldog team through the month of January at 15-3.

The game was the first overtime played this season for Truman and first double-overtime game since January 8, 2010.

The Bulldogs will next be in action next Saturday at Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University in Bolivar.

Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Courtesy: Truman State University