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Women’s basketball wins overtime thriller, heads to OVC Tournament

03/06/2014

The regular season ended on the highest of notes for the Gamecocks Saturday afternoon against Belmont. On the layup of Destany McLin in the final seconds of overtime, JSU walked away with a 71-69 victory over the Bruins.

The win is the eighth in league play for the Gamecocks and gave them the sixth seed in the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Tournament.

The 12-17 season marks an 11-game turnaround from last year and is the first season since 2008 that they have had eight OVC wins.

The Bruins held their largest lead of the night during the first half when the score was 25-18. JSU then went on a 9-4 run to bring the score closer to their favor before the end of the half at 29-27. Despite being down at halftime, the Gamecocks came out fast and prepared for the second half.

JSU shot 53 percent from the field during the second half and held their largest lead of the night at 58-53. JSU looked to end the game there, but when the Bruins brought the score to a tie at 59, the game was forced into overtime.

It was McLin who pushed JSU ahead at 69-67 with the clock at 23 seconds. Free throws from Belmont’s Jordyn Luffman tied the game for the tenth time, but McLin raced the clock and made the final layup that sealed the deal for the Gamecocks.

Luffman attempted to make a last ditch effort to save the Bruins from a loss but the seven seconds McLin left ticked away giving JSU the victory.

Despite the loss the Bruins will still go to tournament at the second seed.

McLin’s had a career high 31 points during the game, 25 of which came in the final half and the overtime session.

Miranda Cantrell had eight points during the game, all of which came in the first half. Briana Benson scored 13 points in the game which is the ninth time in Ohio Valley Conference play that she has scored doubles.

Candace Morton, JSU’s leading scorer, scored four points in the first half and will need just one more in the tournament to cross the 900 career point margin.

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