JONESBORO (1/2/11) – Western Kentucky's Hope Brown hit a long jumper with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to hand Arkansas State a 75-74 setback Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center in a Sun Belt Conference women's basketball game.
The Red Wolves fell to 8-7 overall and 1-1 in league action, while the Hilltoppers improved to 5-8 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
A-State had four players score in double figures, including Quinishia McDowell with a career-high 22 points. Jazmine Taylor added 15 points, Shay Scott 14 and NeNe Hurst 10 for ASU, which shot a season-best 42 percent from the floor.
The Red Wolves scored the game's first 10 points on their way to a 20-2 lead with 11:39 remaining in the first half. However, the Hilltoppers responded with a 15-0 run to pull within 20-17 at the 6:25 mark. Although WKU never took the lead in the first half, it was able to cut its early 18-point deficit down to just six, 32-26, by halftime.
A-State held a slim advantage until Teranie Thompson hit a layup with 12:34 remaining in the second half to force the game's first tie at 42-42. WKU took its first lead less than a minute later on a pair of free throws and led 46-44 at the 10:18 mark, but ASU then went on a 16-7 run to take a 60-53 lead with just 1:47 left in the contest.
The Hilltoppers responded with a 10-2 run to take a 63-62 lead with 13 seconds remaining before ASU's Taylor hit the front end of a 1-and-1 nine seconds later to force the Red Wolves third overtime game of the season.
WKU raced out to a 71-64 lead midway through the overtime period, but ASU capped a 10-2 run with a Jasmine Taylor layup that gave the Red Wolves a short-lived 74-73 lead with eight second left. Brown then took the inbounds pass and drove just inside the 3-point line before pulling up to hit the game-winning jumper.
"It's obviously a difficult loss," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "We had a great start and great energy both offensively and defensively. Western Kentucky did a great job when we built the early lead. We competed well to regain the lead in the second half but in the last 1:45 of regulation, it seemed like whatever mistakes we could make, we made. If we could have any single one of our possessions back, this game probably doesn't even go to overtime."
WKU finished the game with a .460 field goal percentage and was a perfect 4-of-4 during overtime, while A-State hit 4-of-6 shots during the extra period for a .424 percentage. WKU also held a slight advantage on the boards, outrebounding ASU 41-38.
The Hilltoppers also had four players score in double figures, including Teranie Thomas with a team-high 19 points. Jasmine Taylor pulled down a career-high eight rebounds to lead ASU on the boards.
ASU dropped to 1-2 in overtime games this season, but is still 14-3 all-time in regular-season overtime games under head coach Brian Boyer.
ASU returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 5 when it travels to Miami for a 5:00 p.m. (CST) game against Florida International.