Feb 12, 2014 11:52 PM by TAMUK.COM
KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas Woman's left it all on the court Wednesday as the two slugged it out through 14 ties, 10 lead changes and three overtime periods before the Pioneers pulled out a 107-102 win in triple overtime on Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
In the decisive extra period, the Javelinas (8-13, 3-8) reached 100 for the first time since December of 2009 as Ashley Viera hit 1-of-2 free throws with 2:21 left for a 100-99 lead. After the teams each missed layup opportunities, Rebekah Cluley hit a pair of free throws with 1:10 on the clock to push the visitors in front 101-100.
Viera's 3-point try on the ensuing possession was no good and Cluley, who finished with a game-high 31 points, put the Hoggies down 103-100 with a jumper in the paint.
After a miss by Kingsville, which was 2-of-8 from the floor in the final frame, TWU's Ashley Salazar pushed the Pioneer advantage to 105-100.
Mahone pulled Kingsville back to within a basket, 105-102, with a drive to the hoop with 10 seconds left, but Cluley hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to seal the win.
It was the Javelinas first loss in three overtime games this season.
With the win, TWU moved to 8-4 in the league and 13-9 overall.
Cluley was a thorn in the Javelina side all night.
With Kingsville leading by three after Mahone hit 1-of-2 foul shots with 18 seconds left in regulation, Cluley drained a three with seven seconds left to tie the game tying the game at 76. The game went to OT as Sheana Jones' baseline jumper rimmed out at the buzzer.
Down 79-78 in the first extra period, Lauren Jay began a 7-0 run with a trey for the Javelinas as they built an 85-79 lead. However, despite Viera hitting 5-of-6 free throws in the final 43 seconds, Kingsville could not shake TWU as Cluley drained two 3-point baskets in the final 13 seconds of the period. The last came with three seconds remaining
In the second extra period, it was Kingsville's chance for last second heroics. Down 97-95, Rosalie Cutri took a pass from Mahone on a defensive rebound and race up the court nailing a jumper in the paint right before the buzzer to force the final overtime.
Mahone and Jay each finished with double-doubles for Kingsville. Mahone had 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Jay had career-highs in points with 20 and rebounds with 11. Three other Javelinas finished with double digits. Viera had 13 points, while Alexis Copeland and Cutri each had 10.
Aside from Cluley's 31, Kenesha Saygo posted 21 points. Three others had double figures as Barbara Scott-Kolb had 12, Pateraki had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Deja Pointer had 11. Cluley added seven assists and eight rebounds.
The Javelinas have little time to recover as they host Texas A&M-Commerce on Thursday night at 6 p.m.