Kalie Lucas hit the game-winning 3-pointer from the left wing with 19 seconds left, propelling St. Gregory’s to a 49-47 win over USAO Thursday night at W.P. Wood Fieldhouse.
Lucas, a junior from Harrah, scored 10 points for the game — all in the second half — as SGU won for the fourth time in six games.
It was the Lady Cavaliers’ defensive effort in the second half that was the difference, as the home team held the Drovers to 27 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes to overcome a six-point deficit. USAO enjoyed a 46-38 advantage on the boards — which led to a 12-2 edge in second-chance points — but the Lady Cavs converted 18 Drover turnovers into 20 points.
SGU’s Leticia Silva tied for game-high honors with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Lucas had seven boards, three blocks and three steals. She was 4-of-5 from the floor in the second half.
“I just got a good look at it, and I knew it was going in when it left my hands,” said Lucas, who was 2-of-3 from long range for the game. “We came out with much more energy in the second half. We need to carry that into our final three games. We’re playing for our seniors.”
The Drovers led 27-21 at halftime after holding the Lady Cavs to 29 percent from the floor. The Lady Cavs got back into the game early in the second half with that aforementioned defense.
SGU (11-16, 4-9 SAC) travels to Oklahoma City to face the Stars at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Dylan Lemley’s desperation heave from midcourt was off the mark as time expired, and St. Gregory’s men fell 50-47 to visiting USAO Thursday.
Lemley’s shot capped a defensive struggle that saw the Drovers make a decisive run midway through the second half to secure their second win in three games. USAO’s Norris Rumph scored 20 points — including 15 after halftime — to lead all scorers.
SGU (6-17, 0-13 SAC) held USAO to only 33 percent from the field and out-rebounded the visitors 40-23, but 21 turnovers and a 33-percent shooting effort in the second half did in the Cavaliers. The Drovers scored 25 points off of SGU’s miscues for the game.
Fayzon Richey had a team-high 14 on 5-of-12 shooting for the Cavs, which lost for the 15th consecutive game. Josiah Campbell narrowly missed a double-double for SGU, finishing with nine points and nine boards.
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The Cavaliers next plays at Oklahoma City at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director.