Grace’s women’s basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak in overtime on Friday.
The Lady Lancers (5-7) took down Union 71-70 on the road against a Bulldog team that was ranked No. 19 in the NAIA Preseason Poll.
Grace overcame a woeful shooting performance in the first half to grind out an overtime win over the Bulldogs (6-3). Kelsie Peterson had a game-high 23 points to go along with five assists and five rebounds.
After earning a 16-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, Grace’s shooting plummeted in the second period. The Lady Lancers managed just seven points in the 10-minute quarter and trailed 31-23 at halftime. Grace hit 9-of-37 (24 percent) from the floor in the first half, including just 3-of-15 on 3-pointers.
Grace’s offensive struggles vanished in the halftime locker room, however. The Lady Lancers exploded for 27 points in the third quarter, outscoring their first-half scoring in one quarter. Grace ended the quarter with 14 consecutive points — thanks to eight points by Sarah Feasby – to lead 50-46 entering the final quarter.
A 3-pointer by Peterson lifted Grace to a seemingly comfortable eight-point lead with 3:00 remaining in regulation. Union rallied, however, scoring 10 points in the final three points to tie the game at 62-62 with 37 seconds left. Both teams misfired on their potential game-winning possessions, sending the contest to overtime.
Grace did its damage from the free throw line in overtime. Seven of Grace’s nine points came from the foul stripe as the Lady Lancers eased ahead 69-65 in the final 10 seconds. Union was fouled on a 3-pointer, however, making all three shots to whittle the Lady Lancers’ lead to one. But Brooke Sugg iced the game by hitting 2-of-2 from the foul line with six seconds to play.
Feasby finished the game with 12 points in 17 minutes, and Kelsey Sule was a spark off the bench with 12 points and a trio of 3-pointers.
Jesse Feitz pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked two shots, and Sugg added 11 points.
The Lady Lancers continue their tournament at Union College on Saturday, playing against Cumberland at 2 p.m.