The Hendrix College women’s basketball team overcame a 15-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to defeat Schreiner University, 64-61, in the final game of the La Quinta Inn & Suites Holiday Classic on Monday afternoon at Grove Gymnasium.
The visiting Mountaineers (5-6) led 54-39 with 10:16 left in the game, but the Warriors (5-6) ended the game on a 25-7 run.
Hendrix took their first lead of the second half when sophomore point guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler hit a 3-pointer to make it 63-61 with 1:04 left.
Schreiner guard Bailey Harris missed a pair of free throws that would tie the game with 34.8 seconds remaining. Senior center Jamie Tate grabbed the rebound, her 18th of the game, and freshman guard Peyton Hurst made a free throw with 23 seconds left. The Mountaineers took two shots in the final seconds, but came up short.
Kriesel-Bigler led the Warriors (5-6) with 12 points and had three assists. Senior forward Katie Coughran, freshman guard Taylor Neal and freshman forward Anna King each had 10 points. Hurst finished with eight rebounds and four assists.
Tate had five points and three assists to go with her 18 boards, tied for the ninth most in school history. Hendrix will return to action on Saturday against Centenary at 2 p.m.
UCA SUGAR BEARS
The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears broke a four-game losing streak Monday cruising to an 85-57 win over the NAIA’s Philander Smith.
"The first 18 minutes I thought we looked good, but there are some things we’re going to have to take care of before we hit conference play," said UCA coach Sandra Rushing. "We only outscored them by six in the second half, which isn’t good, but we played a lot of people. But, when you sub, you don’t want to lose anything."
The Sugar Bears (6-5) played their entire roster with 10 players logging double-digit minutes and 11 scoring. Courtney Duever had 21 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and first since Nov. 26. She also added a season-high five steals in 19 minutes.
Junior guard Kelsei Ewings, making her second start of the season, poured in a season-high 19 points, making 15 of 16 at the free-throw line. She also tied a season high with six assists. Freshman guard Maggie Proffitt added 10 points, making a pair of 3-pointers, and senior guard Micah Rice added seven rebounds, four points, three assists and two steals.
UCA’s Jameka Watkins left the game with concussion symptoms.
The Sugar Bears open Southland Conference play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, hosting Texas A&N-Corpus Christi.
WYNNE — Conway boys won two games over the weekend to reach the title game of the Wynne Invitational Holiday Tournament.
The Wampus Cats (8-1) will play Marion for the championship at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Conway opened with a 59-49 victory over Mountain View. Javonte Ellis led with 24 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. James Grubbs added eight points. Jalen Jones and Demarian Johnson had six each.
In the semifinals, the Cats downed Wynne, 53-45. Grubbs had 20 points and eight rebounds. Sidney Moore had 10. Jones had seven points and Ellis, eight rebounds.
CARLISLE — The Mayflower senior girls beat Bradford in the semifinals of the Carlisle Invitational Tournament on Saturday. 55-38.
LonJanae Wyatt led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 18 points. Emily Hampton scored 16 points.
The Eagles (10-2) defeated McCrory, 69-37. Leading scorers for
Mayflower were Hayden Long, 15; Drew Duncan 13, and J.P. Perry with 12.