GRAYSON, KY - The Lady Trailblazers suffered a disappointing loss in overtime at KCU on Tuesday night, falling 71-70 to their regional rivals. It is the second straight game between the two teams that has been decided in overtime.
OCU found themselves down by five points after the first 20 minutes of play. KCU took a 28-23 lead into halftime.
The Trailblazers answered back in the second half behind the tenacious guard play of Shekinah Alexander and Asia Woodson. After erasing the 5 point deficit, the Trailblazers jumped out in front 58-51 on a layup by Shekinah Alexander with 3:25 remaining in regulation.
KCU then rallied for a 8-0 run to take a one point with lead over the Blazers at 61-60 with 0:49 left in the second half. After OCU split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 61-61, KCU drove to the basket and scored on a Tanya Bowens jumper with 5.6 seconds left to take a 63-61 lead.
OCU answered by giving the ball to Asia Woodson who drove up the floor and pulled up for a 10 foot jumper at the buzzer. The shot was good to even the score up at 63-63 and force overtime.
A free throw by Shekinah Alexander with 1:22 remaining in overtime gave OCU a 70-68 lead. KCU once again answered back with a jumpshot by Bowens to tie the score at 70-70 with 56.2 second left.
KCU then fouled with 15.1 second remaining, giving OCU two free throws with a chance to take the lead. The Blazers went 0 for 2 at the line. On the ensuing possession, KCU drove to the basket and was fouled with 8.8 second remaining. The Knights went 1 of 2 from the charity stripe to take a 71-70 lead.
OCU sprinted up the floor and drove into the paint looking for the game winning shot but were unable to get a shot off. The ball was deflected with contact and rolled out of bounds to the sideline as the buzzer sounded, signaling the end to a memorable game.
The Lady Blazers are back on the hardwood this weekend as they travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to compete in a weekend classic where they will take on Grace Bible College and Kuyper College.