JACKSON, Miss — After 14 lead changes and eight ties, Hendrix overcame Millsaps College for a 58-57 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory in women’s basketball here Friday night at The Hangar.
Hendrix (5-2, 2-1 SCAC) grabbed the final lead change on a 3-pointer from junior Avery Roller with just over 10 minutes left in regulation, and the Warriors went up by six points, 52-46, (their largest lead of the game) on a jumper from junior Jordan Henderson with 7:06 to go. However, the Majors tied the game with a 6-0 swing over the next three minutes, 52-52, with 4:11 on the clock.
Henderson and Millsaps sophomore Shante Morton traded shots from behind the arc on the next two possessions to make it a 55-55 contest with 2:05 left before Hendrix junior Anna Roane knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer (her second of the day) off an assist from Henderson with 1:44 remaining. Junior Samantha Devlin earned the assist on Henderson’s lone 3-pointer of the day.
Majors’ sophomore Lovie Love made it a one-point contest, 58-57, with 53 seconds on the clock and a pair of Warrior turnovers nearly cost them the game. Morton missed a layup and a jumper inside the last 10 seconds. Hendrix senior Christina Byler grabbed the defensive rebound on Morton’s second miss and the Warriors ran out the clock.
Neither team led by more than five points in the first half as they battled through 11 lead changes and four ties, finishing the first 20 minutes with Millsaps on top, 30-28.
Byler paced Hendrix with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from long range. Byler also grabbed nine rebounds. Roane finished with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting. Freshman Jamie Tate led the way with a game-high 11 rebounds, while Devlin and junior Caty Hensy pulled down seven boards apiece. Henderson dished out a team-high four assists. Devlin also added three assists and hit four of four free throws.
Hendrix improved to 24-11 all-time against Millsaps and heads into the holiday break tied with Millsaps for the most conference wins in the SCAC West Division. The Warriors will be back in action on Dec. 30 with they travel to NCAA South Region foe Mississippi College for a 5:30 p.m. contest. Hendrix is on the road for six more games until the team returns Jan. 21 to host SCAC East Division rival Rhodes College.
Millsaps College defended its home court to the final buzzer and managed to hold on to its advantage the entire way as the Majors outlasted Hendrix College, 55-51, to put the Warriors in a deep hole early in the conference race.
Millsaps (5-3, 1-2 SCAC) earned the victory by nearly doubling Hendrix’s (2-6, 0-3 SCAC) chances from the foul line. The Majors were 18-of-23 from the line, while the Warriors went just 8-of-13 from line. Hendrix outshot Millsaps from the field, 44.4 percent to 29.6 percent, respectively, and the Warriors owned a 30-14 advantage in the paint. The Majors scored 14 points off the Warriors’ 13 turnovers.
Taylor Meades knocked down a 3-pointer to give Millsaps its largest lead of the game, 40-29, with 13:20 left on the clock. Hendrix trailed by 10 points, 44-34, with 9:50 to go before going a 15-5 run over the next five minutes, knotting the game at 49-49 with 4:10 remaining.
Millsaps held off Hendrix’s late surge with free-throw shooting. Junior Nick Heathscott scored the Warriors’ final basket with 3:15 left on the clock. Hendrix missed three shots from behind the arc in the final three minutes and turned the ball over twice in the last 1:38.
Junior Ammon martin led Hendrix with eight points and 10 rebounds. First-year Colton Primm also tallied eight points, while senior James Ewing and junior Scott Sherrill scored seven points apiece.
Hendrix returns to Grove Gymnasium on Dec. 30 to host LeTourneau University at 7 p.m.