ABILENE, Texas - Tresta Donahoo hit a layup with 5.2 seconds to play to fuel Howard Payne to an 86-85 overtime American Southwest Conference win on Saturday in women's basketball action at the Mabee Complex.
The game featured 12 lead changes and nine ties. Howard Payne led for most of the first half and led by as many as 12 points. The Lady Jackets took a 48-38 lead into the halftime locker room.
HSU chipped away at the deficit and a Jessi Perez jumper pulled the Cowgirls to 54-53 with 13:35 to play. The Cowgirls took their first lead of the second half on a 3-pointer by Coco Cartwright with 8:43 to play.
After that, no one led by more than three points. Donahoo hit a pair of free throws with 29 seconds to play to tie the game at 73 and Joanna Daniel then hit a pair of free throws with :11 to play to give HSU the lead.
Dana Marrs then missed a 3-pointer with :03 remaining and Blair Stone rebounded for HPU and was fouled with 0.9 to play and the 46 percent free throw shooter hit a pair of free throws to send the game to overtime.
In the extra period, HPU went up 79-76 and Cartwright tied the game with a 3-pointer and Taylor Rose gave the Cowgirls the lead with a layup with 3:17 to play. HPU then scored five straight to take an 84-81 lead with 1:59 to play.
Daniel narrowed the deficit to 84-83 with a pair of Daniel free throws and after a turnover by HPU Alicia Finn hit a pair of free throws with :12 to play to give HSU a 85-84 lead. Donahoo then drove in and made a layup and Daniel turned the ball over at the end before the Cowgirls could get a shot at a game winner.
Alexis Popelar led the Cowgirls with 26 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out at the end of regulation. Alicia Finn had 13 points, Taylor Rose had a career-best 12 points and Jaclyn von der Heide had 11 points.
Donahoo and Dana Marrs each had 16 points for HPU. Danyel Bradley had 12 points and Senae Dillard and Blair Stone each had 10 points.
HSU dominated the rebounds in the game with a 49-34 advantage, including 21 on the offensive end. The Cowgirls stayed in the game with a 31-for-35 effort at the foul line. Howard Payne scored 22 points off of 27 HSU turnovers.
HSU is now 13-10 on the year and 11-6 in conference play. Howard Payne improved to 20-3 on the year and to 15-2 in ASC play. HSU plays at Texas Lutheran on Thursday.
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