The Midwestern State Mustangs fought back against both Arkansas-Fort Smith and fatigue, finding a way to win late 70-66 in Ligon Coliseum. The Mustangs run their win streak to 6 games.
MSU senior guard Dianna Jones poured in a game-high 20 points, including 4 crucial free-throws in the final 1:06 of the game.
The Lady Lions (1-5) started the contest in control, leading MSU until the 12:31 mark of the first half. An Andrea Carter layup would give Midwestern the 16-14 lead, but it wouldn't last. Both teams traded leads for almost seven minutes until MSU finally took control on a Lisa Hampton 3 pointer with 5:15 to play in the first half.
The Mustangs would continue to add to the lead, increasing it to 8 points at the 2:46 mark. Arkansas-Fort Smith would trim MSU's lead to just five at the half, 39-34.
Midwestern State would hold to the lead until UAFS went on an 11-0 run in the second half, a run that would span almost 6 minutes of game time and give the Lady Lions a 54-51 lead.
Shambreka Jones gave MSU the 59-58 lead with 5:44 to play on a beautiful interior pass from guard Dianna Jones. Both teams would trade the lead again, before the Mustangs clamped down defensively.
With 1:10 to play and UAFS leading 66-63, Dianna Jones stole a pass from Jasmine Brainard who then fouled and sent Jones to the line. DJ would convert both, trimming the Lady Lion lead to 66-65. On the ensuing possession, Shambreka Jones picked off an errant pass from Candice Followwell. Shambreka was rewarded on the offensive side when senior guard Shatoia Gober found Jones open on the elbow for a jumper. MSU took the lead 67-66 and never looked back.
"Our girls were playing very tired out there. This was their eighth game in 20 days," said MSU head coach Noel Johnson. "But I'm proud of how they came together to get the win. We are all looking forward to the upcoming break."