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Lady Senators sink William Carey in overtime, 63-58

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Senior Haley McIntyre scored a career-high 28 points to help the Auburn University at Montgomery women's basketball team a 63-58 overtime victory over William Carey on Thursday at Clinton Gymnasium.

"This is a great win on the road win for us, and we have to keep it going," said head coach Dan Davis. "We know what we have to do, and we went out and did it tonight." 

With the win, the Lady Senators improved to 12-15 overall and keeps their hopes alive for the SSAC postseason tournament. AUM now stands at 4-6 in Southern States Athletic Conference play. The Lady Crusaders dropped to 10-13 on the season and 5-5 in league play.

Joining McIntyre in double figures was fellow senior Carlie Ainsworth with 16 points.  McIntyre also led the Lady Senators with eight rebounds.

"The two seniors really stepped up for us, and they gave us what we needed to get the victory," said Davis. "It was a great team effort tonight."

In a back-and-forth first half, the Lady Senators trailed by one, 16-15, with 8:07 remaining in the period, but Ainsworth nailed a trey with 7:44 left to give AUM the lead for good in the first half. The Lady Senators led 26-22 at the half.

AUM pushed its lead to 33-24 in the opening minutes of the second half. Midway through the second half WCU went on a 7-1 run to pull within striking distance, 41-40.

The two teams battled down the stretch, with neither team holder better than a one-point advantage and AUM tying the score again with 12 seconds left at 54-54, to force overtime.

Much like the end of the second half, overtime was a close contest, but with 11 seconds left Ainsworth converted a three-point play, giving the Lady Senators a 61-58 advantage. With just nine seconds, McIntyre hit two free throws to seal the 63-58 victory.

"The big difference for us was the free throws in the second half," said Davis. "We kept them off the line and we were able to convert our free throws. Now we need to keep the road trip rolling and get ready for Saturday with the tough contest of Loyola."

For the contest, AUM converted 26-of-58 shots from the floor, while the Lady Crusaders knocked down 38 percent of their shots.

Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Crusaders, led by Megan Reynolds and Kendria Young with 12 points each.

AUM will continue its road trip when it travels Saturday, to New Orleans, La., to take on Loyola University. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.


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