MORROW, Ga. - Chowan University scored on a putback basket with one second left in overtime to claim an 86-85 women's collegiate basketball victory over Armstrong State University on Saturday afternoon at the Heritage Bank Classic in Morrow, Ga.
The Pirates fall to 4-5 on the season with the loss, while Chowan improves to 7-1. Armstrong State finishes the Classic, hosted by Clayton State University, with a 1-1 mark. The Pirates will break for final exams and return to action on Saturday, December 17th, traveling to Georgia College for a 1:30 p.m. matchup against the Bobcats in the Peach Belt Conference opener for both teams.
Chowan hit 6-of-10 three-pointers in the first half in building a 37-34 advantage at the break. The Pirates responded with a stellar third quarter, outpointing the Hawks 27-12 and building at one time a 16-point advantage, 61-45, with 1:04 left in the quarter.
The Hawks used a full-court press to climb back into the game and eventually take a four-point lead, 76-72, with 1:50 remaining on a three-point play by Jordan Payne and a three-pointer by Jada Lee.
Chowan led by three points, 77-74, with nine seconds left when Pirate senior Jessica Doyle canned a three-pointer to tie the game up for the Pirates and send it into overtime.
In the overtime period, a layup by junior Mercedes Jenkins gave Armstrong State a three-point lead, 85-82, with 1:23 left. Chowan's Dhaymond Crenshaw hit a basket with 23 seconds left to climb to within one, and with 18 seconds left in overtime, the Pirates' Jenkins missed a pair of free throws, giving the Hawks the ball back. Chantel Roberts missed a layup with three seconds left but Danielle Weldon corralled the offensive rebound and hit the putback with one second left to give the Hawks the win.
Junior Machala Raymonville led a quartet of Pirates in double figures, hitting 9-of-10 shots from the floor en route to a game-high 23 points. Doyle finished the day with 20 points, while Jenkins added 18 points, six rebounds and six assists and senior Lauren Woods notched 11 points.
Chowan was led by Mariah Coker's 17 points and Chantel Roberts' 16 points. Courtni Wiliams had 13 points, while Crenshaw finished with 12 points and Jada Lee chipped in 10 points.
Armstrong State shot 45.9 percent from the floor (28-of-61) but made just 6-of-19 three-pointers (31.6 percent) and hit 23-of-36 free throws (63.9 percent). Chowan shot 44.4 percent from the floor (32-of-72) but made 9-of-16 three-pointers (56.3 percent) and 13-of-19 free throws (68.4 percent). The Hawks won the rebounding battle, 44-38, including a 17-12 edge on the offensive glass.
Doyle and Raymonville were named to the Heritage Bank Classic All-Tournament Team, announced Saturday evening.