Felecity Havens scored 27 points and became University of Mount Olive’s all-time leading scorer in the Trojans’ 63-60 win over Conference Carolina foe Emmanuel College at Kornegay Arena on Wednesday evening.
The Trojan women improved their overall record to 7-3, and are 3-1 in conference play.
Emmanuel used its athleticism to build an early 12-4 lead in the first quarter, but could never put away Mount Olive. The fundamentally sound Trojans stayed within the framework of their offense, and staged a comeback during the rest of the first half.
By halftime the Trojans were up 35-33, and going into the fourth quarter the Trojans were up 50-46.
Havens’ jump shot gave the Trojans a 55-52 lead with about five minutes left in the game. However, Emmanuel pulled to within 59-58 on Lochlain Corliss’ layup.
The Trojans defended the perimeter and forced the Lions to drain seconds off the shot clock. Jada Bacchus’ free throws with two minutes remaining gave the Trojans a 61-58 lead.
“Emmanuel is a really fundamentally sound team and good on both ends,” Mount Olive head coach Wendy Lee said. “For us to come out and win against a fundamentally sound team like Emmanuel is encouraging for what lies ahead.
“We as a team and especially me as coach are thinking about all things we have to do to get better, and to be able to separate in games and not get down early.”
The final seconds of the game were a mad scramble filled with close calls.
Hanna Grogan’s layup made the score 61-60 with a minute and a half left. Emmanuel fouled Azariah Fields, sending her to the line for two huge free throws. Fields nailed both free throws to put the Trojans up 63-60.
With six seconds remaining in the game, Taylor Delasbour’s three-pointer bounced off the rim as time expired to give Mount Olive the win.
“I’m really proud of our overall team effort,” Lee said. “We just persevered and played through the bad stretches, and that’s a good indicator that I think we can have some resilience and be able to play through slumps by really focusing more on our defense and trying not to get caught up in the offensive slumps.
“Trying to get second shots, and play hard on defense, is how you overcame slumps like that.”
The Lions committed 14 turnovers, and the Trojan women collected eight steals. Jada Bucchus finished the night with eight points and 13 rebounds. Havens also collected 13 rebounds to go along with her 27 points. For her career, Havens now has scored 1,607 points. Hope Toliver scored 10 points, while Fields scored seven points.
For Emmanuel, Delasbour finished with a game-high 28 points and five rebounds. Corliss pumped in six points, while Grogan contributed nine points.