OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) -It came down to the final minute on Monday afternoon as the Kentucky Wesleyan College women’s basketball team needed a buzzer beater to pick up a 75-74 win over Malone University in Great Midwest Athletic Conference action.
Jordyn Barga converted a pair of free throws with just under two minutes remaining to give Wesleyan a 70-69 lead. The Pioneers responded with a three of their own to regain a 2-point lead.
After the teams traded missed three’s, Lily Miller found Kaylee Clifford at the top of the point, knocking back a three to put Wesleyan ahead by one with 23 seconds left. Out of the timeout, Malone grabbed an offensive rebound and the second chance lay up was good, giving them a 74-73 lead with 0:08 to go.
Wesleyan committed a turnover in the paint but two quick fouls and one lost ball later, they had the ball back with 0:05 remaining. The Panthers ran the same play from moments ago, but this time it was perfectly executed. Tahlia Walton dodged two defenders and drove thru the paint, banking a lay up off the back board and giving the Panthers the win. Walton finished with 20 points off the bench.
The victory extends Wesleyan’s home game win streak to 36, the longest such streak in program history.
Wesleyan posted a career best 52.6% field goal percentage despite a season-low of five three-point baskets. The Panthers committed a mere 11 turnovers, the least in a single game thus far this season.
The Panthers remain home this week for a pair of G-MAC games. Wesleyan will host Tiffin on Thursday followed by Cedarville on Saturday.
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