Women's Basketball Falls 82-75 In Overtime To WKU
Jan. 21, 2001
CORAL GABLES, Fla.–The University of Miami women’s basketball team fell 82-75 in overtime to visiting Western Kentucky Sunday afternoon at the Knight Sports Complex.
Miami drops to 9-7 on the season, while the Lady Toppers improve to 12-5 overall.
Junior Sheila James dished out a career-high nine assists in the losing effort.
Miami played the Lady Toppers evenly through the opening minutes of the game, as the two teams combined for four ties and three lead changes in the first 10 minutes of action.
UM took the lead at 8:47 on a layup by Dona Nando (Queens, NY) putting Miami on 15-14.
The Hurricanes would not trail again in the first half, going on a 13-0 run to take a 32-18 lead with 2:51 remaining.
Miami took a 40-27 lead into the locker room at halftime, after Camilla Osth (Sodertalje, Sweden) hit a 35-footer to beat the halftime horn.WKU came out strong in the second half, going on a 14-0 run over the first 5:51 to take a 41-40 lead. Miami answered back going on a 19-7 run to regain an 11-point lead (59-48) with 7:54 to play.
The Lady Toppers used an 14-3 scoring surge over the final seven minutes of regulation putting WKU back into the game. Leading scorer Natalie Powers drilled the game tying three-pointer with 12 seconds left in the game.
The Hurricanes took a two-point lead just over a minute into overtime, but that would be the last time Miami would have the lead in the contest. Kristina Covington nailed her fourth three-pointer of the game to put WKU on top by one (69-68) with 3:25 remaining in overtime.
The Lady Toppers were on top for the remainder of the game, including hitting 7-of-8 free-throws in the final 28 seconds to seal their second overtime victory of the season.
Miami returns to action traveling to face No. 1 Connecticut for the second time this season on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.