BEREA, Ky.—Berea (13-4, 9-1 USA South) survived a scare from Agnes Scott in a 70-68 overtime contest on Sunday afternoon at the Seabury Center. The Scotties looked poised to notch their second win of the season in upset fashion, but Berea scored in the waning seconds of regulation and then again in overtime to beat the visitors.
Up five with a minute to go in overtime with a chance to go up three possessions, Agnes Scott was unable to convert on some free throws before Berea ultimately went on a 7-0 run to end the game. Berea clinched the game after a foul was called against the Scotties with 1.8 seconds on the clock and Bailee Vanover (Richmond, Ky.) nailed both attempts at the line.
Agnes Scott had a bit of a chip on its shoulder heading into the game after suffering a lopsided loss in Berea just a year ago. The Mountaineers had also defeated the Scotties 77-47 in Decatur right before Christmas break.
Despite games not going their way, Agnes Scott never backed down from the moment from beginning to end. The Scotties only trailed by six at halftime and four entering the final 10 minutes of regulation.
Agnes Scott eventually went on a substantial run that led to a five-point lead in the fourth quarter only to see a battle-tested Berea side claw back to tie in with under a minute remaining in the game. However, Kalin Smith (Kiln, Miss.) beat her mark with five seconds to go on a drive from the left side. The first-year was able to scoop and score, leading Kiley Barnard (Cincinnati, Ohio) to foul Smith for the and-one opportunity. Smith had an uncharacteristic miss on the line, leaving the door open for the Mountaineers to get a two on the other end.
Bethanie Williams (Newport, Tenn.) beat two Scotties along the baseline and made a layup with one second to go to send the game to overtime tied at 61 all.
The Mountaineers scored on their first possession of the OT period, but Agnes stepped up to the challenge with a methodical seven-point run over the next four minutes. Smith stepped to the line with just over a minute to go with a chance to push the lead to seven but missed both free throw attempts.
Berea got a quick score followed by an Agnes Scott turnover before Williams made a game-tying three from the left corner to make it a 68-68 game.
Agnes Scott still had a chance to retake the lead, but a three was just off the mark to give Berea a final opportunity for the crazy victory. Vanover dribbled into a double team, but got bailed out by a foul call and made both free chances to take a 70-68 triumph.
Berea took advantage of Agnes Scott junior Garis Grant (Charleston, S.C.) fouling out in the final minute of overtime as Grant was the leading player for the Scotties with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Emma Olson (Austin, Texas) set a career high for the fourth time in six games with 19 points and four steals. Smith had 10 points, eight assists, and five steals, leading the Scotties in the two secondary categories.
Williams led all scorers with 21 points, while Vanover added 16 more. Isis Hill (Columbia, S.C.) scored 11 off the bench for Berea.
The Mountaineers scored 18 points off of 22 offensive rebounds, while also holding a 28-17 advantage in points off of Scottie turnovers.
Agnes Scott (1-20, 1-10 USA South) will look to bounce back from a spirited performance with a trip to Brevard next Saturday.