It was the one that got away.
UAFS held an eight-point lead with less than five minutes left in Saturday’s nonconference game against the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers, but the lead wasn’t safe as Ouachita Baptist rallied for a 72-70 win at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia.
It was the first win of the season for Ouachita Baptist, which improved to 2-1 in the all-time series with UAFS.
UAFS (2-8) took an eight-point lead (66-58) on a layup by freshman guard Maya Perry with 4:38 left in the game. From there, Ouachita Baptist (1-6) turned up its defensive pressure, holding UAFS to just one field goal – a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Breanna Jones – and a free throw by freshman guard Maddy Backus.
The Lady Tigers closed the game on a 14-4 run and took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Breanna Harris with four seconds left.
UAFS shot 45 percent from the field (24 for 53) – it was just 4-for-17 shooting from 3-point range – and shot 78 percent from the free-throw line (18 for 23). Backus led UAFS with 18 points, while sophomore guard Brittany Holbert and Perry had 16 and 12 points, respectively.
Perry and freshman forward Justyne Huber had six rebounds apiece to lead UAFS, which was out-rebounded 35-30.
The Lady Tigers shot 39 percent from the field (23 for 59) – they were 6-for-14 shooting from 3-point range – and shot 74 percent from the free-throw line (20 for 27). Harris led Ouachita with 16 points, while Katie Kapler had 13 and Nashia James and Ashley Johnson had 12 points apiece.
Kapler and Sharp led the Lady Tigers with nine rebounds apiece.