HACKENSACK, New Jersey – Under 12 with 8:19 left in regulation, WKU women’s basketball once again recorded an epic comeback. The Lady Toppers went back to forcing overtime and won in the second overtime, 92-88.
WKU improves to 7-4 this season and has won six of their last seven games. The Lady Toppers also conclude the two-game road trip with two wins.
The Lady Toppers started the game with a 7-0 run. The two teams exchanged baskets for most of the quarter, but a 7-0 run by Fairleigh Dickinson starting at 3:03 drew the game at 15-all. Foster interrupted the race with his first team triple, putting the WKU ahead. The Knights made a layup at the last second just before the end of the quarter to cut the 18-17.
Fairleigh Dickinson expanded that layup with another five unanswered points to start the second quarter and take the game’s first lead. WKU then scored six consecutive points to back up by two. From there, the Knights overtook the Lady Toppers 17-7 to take the 39-31 lead at half time.
The Knights beat WKU 17-16 in the third quarter to take their lead to 56-47 in the fourth period. Fairleigh Dickinson equalized the game’s biggest lead at 8:19 to go 61-49. Since that time, the Lady Toppers have outpaced the Knights 25-13 and have kept Fairleigh Dickinson to just one field goal in the race to tie the game.
Abdelgawad used an opportunity and an opportunity with 46 seconds left in the regulation to cut the game to two. The Knights scored on the next possession to get the lead by four. Blevins cut it to one with a three and then equalized the game with another triple six seconds later after a couple of Knights free throws. Fairleigh Dickinson recovered the ball with 10 seconds left, but WKU’s defense held out to send him into extra time.
In the first half overtime, WKU scored seven points from seven free throws, including three in the final nine seconds to equalize the game. Blevins was fouled nine seconds from time, four down. He made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second. Abdelgawad crashed into the boards and received the rebound and was fouled during the throw-in attempt. He made both free throws with seven seconds left. The Lady Toppers once again held the Knights to zero points in the closing seconds to force a second overtime.
In the second overtime it was Abdelgawad e Hope Sivori show. Abdelgawad scored the first points of the frame. Sivori kept WKU in play with a couple of free throws and a jumper in the paint. Down by one, Abdelgawad drove and scored a bucket to put WKU back in the lead by one. On the other hand, he pulled out a defensive rebound and made one of two free throws after being fouled. On his missed free throw, he got the offensive rebound and scored to seal the match for the Lady Toppers.
WKU’s 92 points were second for most of the season for the Lady Toppers and best against a Division I opponent.
Abdelgawad has tied his career to high points with 33 in the game. She is one of only two NCAA DI players to have scored 33 or more points in more games this season. The senior now averages 18.2 points per game. Twenty-five of his 33 points came in the fourth period and overtime.
Blevins finished with the best in his career in points (15), rebounds (8) and assists (7). Mya Meredith he had 14 points, four rebounds and two steals. Jaylin Foster he tied his career to high points with 13 and had the best nine career rebounds along with three assists.
The Lady Toppers dominated in the paint, beating the Knights 50-28 in post. The Lady Toppers also capitalized on the transition, scoring 16 on a counterattack to Fairleigh Dickinson’s two.
Overall, the game featured 12 lead changes and eight draws.
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