DENTON, Texas — So close, and yet so far.
Eastern New Mexico University’s women continued to struggle to get over the top in Lone Star Conference South Division play Thursday night, falling in overtime to Texas Woman’s 85-79.
Freshman guard Jessica Durr sent the game into overtime with a last-second basket and the Pioneers (10-10, 4-3 South), who erased a seven-point deficit down the stretch, went 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the extra sesssion.
The Zias (9-10, 0-7) were coming off a last-second loss on Saturday at Midwestern State and a double-overtime loss at Midwestern State two nights before that.
ENMU senior Elizabeth Richards notched her ninth double-double of the season with a career-high 29 points and 12 rebounds. She went 14-of-20 from the floor, and also had two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Senior post Riikka Lehtonen scored a career-best 21 points and added five rebounds, four assists and three blocks before fouling out late in regulation, while senior guard Heather Brown finished with 12 points.
The Zias erased a seven-point deficit with a 16-2 run, capped by Brown’s jumper which put them in front 62-55 with four minutes left.
ENMU took a 68-66 lead on Richards’ basket with four seconds left in regulation before Durr beat the buzzer to tie it.
Trailing 72-70, senior post Margaret Wimbish’s 3-point played keyed the Pioneers’ run in OT. Chelsea Cook and Chelsi Thrailkill added two free throws each in the final 19 seconds to seal the victory.
Cook led four Pioneers in double figures with 17 points, and she also had 10 rebounds. Wimbish added 13 points despite a 3-for-11 shooting night, while guard Maggy Deweber scored 12 points and Durr chipped in 10.