Blossoms Fall To ECU In Overtime

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MONTICELLO – Junior Jordan Goforth nailed a three-pointer with 28 seconds remaining in the second half to force overtime, but East Central outscored the University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team 9-5 in the extra period to beat the Blossoms 69-65 in the first Great American Conference game of the season.

Goforth’s game-tying trey, preceded by a layup from junior Nelsha Peterson and two free throws from sophomore Tori Nichols, erased a seven-point deficit with two minutes remaining. The Tigers (2-0, 1-0 GAC) had led by as much as 12 points with 14:10 remaining in the second half. The Blossoms answered that 12-point deficit with an 11-1 run over the next four minutes to pull to within one point at the 9:58 mark on a made jumper from Nelsha Peterson.

tv Sports reflection 10dbUAM (0-2, 0-1 GAC) never held the lead in the second half after going in the locker room at halftime down 29-23. In the first half, there were a total of five lead changes with UAM leading by as much as four points on a made jumper from Goforth at the 9:09 mark of the opening period.

ECU’s Erin Walling scored the only points in the final two minutes of the first half with eight seconds remaining to give the Tigers their six-point lead at the break.

UAM shot 37 percent from the field in the loss, making 25-of-67 shots from the field. The Blossoms made 7-of-15 three-point attempts and 8-of-12 foul shots. There were no foul shots attempted by either team in the first half after a combined total of four fouls were called in the first 20 minutes.

ECU shot 40 percent from the field (26-for-65), 44 percent on three-pointers (8-for-18) and 69 percent on foul shots (9-for-13).

UAM held a commanding lead on the boards with 54 rebounds to ECU’s 32, including an 18-5 lead on the offensive glass, leading to 19 second chance points for the Blossoms. However, the Blossoms committed 15 turnovers and only forced five, which led to 24 points off turnover for the Tigers.

Goforth led the Blossoms with 16 points. Nichols and junior Tamia Grady followed with 14. Nichols posted a game-high 16 rebounds for her first career double-double at UAM. It was her second-straight game with double-digit rebounds.

ECU’s Dilan Webster led all scorers in the contest with 23 points. Janee Garza and Walling followed with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

The Blossoms are back in action on Saturday at home against Southern Nazarene. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. inside Steelman Field House. SNU lost at Southern Arkansas on Thursday by a final score of 63-42.


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