HATTIESBURG, Miss. ---- After a Katie Williams 3-pointer with 2:18 remaining tied the game at 51, the Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team had five offensive possessions with a chance to take the lead over William Carey.
The Warhawks (20-8, 12-5 SSAC) went 0-for-3 with three turnovers in those five opportunities, and eventually dropped a 61-57 overtime decision to the last-place Crusaders (9-17, 5-13).
AUM committed 24 turnovers in all, with 15 coming in the second half and overtime after the Warhawks led 27-20 at halftime.
"We played pretty solid in the first half," head coach Dan Davis said. "But we were really sloppy in the second half on both sides of the ball. We left a lot of easy points on the rim with layups and free throws. It's important to have a short memory, pick up the pieces and get focused for a big game on Saturday."
LaKenya Drayton led AUM with 12 points, 11 rebounds (five offensive) and two blocks. The double-double was her third in four games and her ninth of the season. Williams added 13 points, six rebounds three steals and two blocks, while Psachal Maize had nine points and seven rebounds.
AUM led by as much as nine in the opening 20 minutes, but William Carey used an 11-1 run midway through the second half to take a 43-38 lead with 7:57 to go. The teams went back-and forth the rest of the way, with neither squad able to hit a go-ahead basket in the final two minutes. Maize and Drayton both missed jumpers in the closing seconds to send the game to overtime.
A Jazmine Jackson free throw gave the Warhawks a 57-56 advantage with 1:35 remaining, but AUM would not score again. Erica Moore responded 11 seconds later with a go-ahead jumper for the Crusaders, and her layup with 17 seconds left made it a two-possession game.
Moore had 20 points for William Carey, while Vechatita Bonner led the Crusaders with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
Both teams struggled offensively, as each hit less than 40 percent of their shots from the field and less than 60 percent of their free throws. William Carey held a slim 42-41 edge in rebounds.
The Warhawks will look to build momentum for the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament with a 2 p.m. matchup against Loyola on Saturday at the AUM Gymnasium.
AUM defeated the Wolfpack (11-14, 8-9) 45-40 earlier in January. Seniors Drayton, Kamesha Strong, Caitlin Cunningham and Ashley Rush will be honored after the game.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn Montgomery Athletics Dept.