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Women’s basketball: TWU wins in triple OT

KINGSVILLE — Rebekah Cluley hit a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and hit back-to-back 3s to send it into double overtime before leading TWU to a triple-OT 107-102 win at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday.

It’s the longest game for the Pioneers since they played a quadruple overtime game at Abilene Christian on Jan. 5, 2009. TWU fell to the Wildcats 147-143.

Cluley finished with a career-high 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Kenesha Saygo and Deja Pointer scored 21 and 11 points, respectively. Barbara-Scott Kolb had 13 points and Ria Pateraki posted 12 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double.

The Pioneers scored the first five points and led 18-11 at 11:53 mark. TAMUK used a 10-3 run to tie the game and then outscored TWU, 18-9, to close out the half to take a 39-30 lead at the break.

The Pioneers trailed by 13 points early in the second half before going on a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to one, 54-53, at 11:59 mark. Both teams traded baskets with neither team leading by more than four points. The Javelinas took a three-point lead, 76-73, with 18 seconds remaining in the game before Cluley tied it at 76-76 with seven ticks left on the clock.

In the first overtime Texas A&M-Kingsville went on top 85-70 at 1:48 mark and led 88-84 with 28 seconds left. Cluley cut it one point with another three before the Javelinas pushed the lead to 90-87 with two free-throws. Cluely again knotted the score at 90-90 with her sixth three pointer of the game with three seconds remaining.

A&M-Kingsville hit a 2-pointer at the buzzer to force the third OT.

Cluley put the Pioneers on top for good at 101-100 with two free throws with 1:10 left. She pushed the lead to three points with a layup with 31 seconds left before sealing the win with two more free throws in the final seconds.

“This is a hard fought victory on the road and I am very proud of all the girls,” said TWU head coach Beth Jillson. “We had lot of players step up and hit big shots. We had five players score in double figures and four players with eight or more rebounds. Rebekah played one of the best games of her career and hit huge threes to keep us in the game.”

The Pioneers are now 13-9 on the season and 8-4 in the Lone Star Conference. TWU will return to action when they host Angelo State on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Kitty Magee Arena.