CHURAN'S LAST-SECOND POINTS SENDS LADY HAWKS TO GSAC SEMIFINALS
CHURAN’S FREE THROW WITH LESS THAN A SECOND REMAINING SENDS LADY HAWKS TO GSAC SEMIFINALS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Junior Kayla Schuran made 1-of-2 free throws with less than a second remaining in a tie game to give the Huntingdon women’s basketball team a 53-52 victory over Spelman in the opening round of the Great South Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday at Roland Arena.
“We never responded to the different looks they (Spelman) were throwing at us tonight,” head coach Buzz Phillips said. “Spelman may have won only two games in league play, but they have given us fits all three times we have played. They are very quick and gave us trouble for 40 minutes tonight. I am proud of our girls for surviving and winning the ball game.”
The Lady Hawks (15-11) trailed for nearly the entire contest until Schuran drained a pair of free throws with 4:29 remaining in the game, giving them their first lead at 48-46.
In the minute seconds, Huntingdon trailed by two, 52-50, with five seconds remaining, but junior Lori Bonds made two free throws to notch the score.
Schuran followed by tipping the in-bounds pass, which senior Tiffany Jordan recovered. Jordan followed with a shot, on which Schuran was able to grab the rebound, before going back up and getting fouled with 0.2 seconds left in the contest.
Jordan led the Lady Hawks with 12 points, while fellow senior Dusti Doss added 10. Schuran and Bonds each recorded nine points, while going a combined 11-for-14 from the charity stripe. Jordan and Schuran each grabbed nine rebounds in the victory.
Spelman was paced by Shanda Kennedy, who finished with a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Huntingdon stays alive in the GSAC Tournament and will now face the winner of the Agnes Scott vs. Wesleyan game, also played on Tuesday. The Lady Hawks will tip-off with the winner on Friday, February 27 at 1 p.m. EST, in Maryville, Tenn.
-Huntingdon Media Relations