The EKU women’s basketball team needed extra time to win an exhibition game Saturday night against NAIA University of the Cumberlands.
EKU forced the overtime on a buzzer beater 3-pointer, then held on in to beat the Patriots, 70-67.
“They made a run and we got down and Brittany stepped up and made a big time shot,” said EKU coach Chrissy Roberts. “We found a way to finish. Last year we had a hard time finding a way to finish.”
The Lady Colonels trailed 62-59 with 8.7 seconds remaining.
EKU’s Brittany Coles, who had only scored had one point, got the ball about 25 feet from the basket with the clock winding down.
The junior launched a shot that swished through the net with less than one second remaining.
“I just pitched it,” she said. “I hadn’t hit a three all day, so my teammates told me to keep shooting.”s
In overtime, EKU scored the first six points, taking a 68-62 lead with 1:10 remaining on a free throw by Alex Jones and one by Coles and two driving layups by Marie Carpenter.
Cumberlands’ Lauren Wombles sank a shot and Jackie Alexander drilled a 3-pointer, cutting the Colonels’ lead to 69-67 with 14 seconds remaining.
Raechele Gray had a chance to put the game away at the charity stripe, but missed her second shot, giving the Lady Patriots the ball with 7.9 seconds remaining.
Cumberlands never managed to get a shot off before the final horn sounded.
Carpenter led EKU with 15 points. Jones had nine points and 13 rebounds. Gray added nine points and Jade Barber had eight points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Colonels shot 42.9 percent and held Cumberlands to 38.1 percent.
EKU opens the season at 2 p.m. Saturday at Xavier.