ASHERMAN, Texas — Hendrix’s men took awhile and did it the hard way but qualified for the postseason tournament Sunday.
The Warriors (10-15, 5-11) went double overtime to edge Austin College (11-13, 7-9), 76-74. That win, coupled with Millsaps’ loss at Colorado College, gave the Warriors the fourth and final seed from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference West for the postseason tournament that begins Thursday at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. The Warriors will play Centre College (18-4, 13-3), the top seed from the East, at 6 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Inside baskets by Nick Heathscott and Colton Primm gave the Warriors the lead for good in the second overtime. Free throws by Jaren Riley and Ryan Rizos in the final seconds clinched the victory. Austin’s Ransom Okpaloa missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Warriors came back from a five-point deficit with just under five minutes left in regulation and owned a three-point lead, 62-59, with 1:40 left on the clock. Austin junior Josh Saunders scored on a three-point play to tie the game and both teams missed on their last possession in regulation.
Each team scored six points in the first overtime while Heathscott gave Hendrix back-to-back layups to start the second overtime.
Austin went 0-for-5 from behind the arc in the final overtime. Hendrix concentrated on getting the ball inside the paint with a 6-0 advantage down low during the last five minutes of play.
Hendrix junior Caty Hensy recorded her first double-double of the season in 28 minutes off the bench to help propel the Warriors to a 69-55 win over Austin College on Sunday afternoon at Hughey Gymnasium.
The Warriors (15-10, 11-5 SCAC) spoiled the Roos’ Senior Day in the regular-season finale.
Hendrix had already clinched the top seed from the West in the postseason tournament.
Hendrix jumped out to an early advantage but a 15-3 run eventually put the Warriors behind, 19-9, with 11:52 left in the opening half.
Hendrix chipped away at its 10-point deficit and senior Christina Byler’s 3-pointer with 3:23 to go gave the Warriors the final lead change. Hendrix finished the last six minutes of the half on a 13-0 run to lead 31-24 at halftime.
The Warriors scored 21 unanswered points to go up, 39-24, with 18:18 left in regulation. Austin (7-16, 5-11 SCAC) responded and narrowed the gap to five points with 11:07 on the clock. Hendrix answered with an 11-1 spurt over the next five minutes to take back the commanding lead. The Warriors led by at least 12 points the rest of the way.
Byler paced Hendrix with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Hensy finished with a season-high 14 points and added 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks to the mix. Senior Wyvonne Hawkins scored nine points and first year Jamie Tate tallied eight points and nine rebounds.