MOUNT OLIVE — Mount Olive fell in the regular season finale 73-69 to the Flying Fleet of Erskine College on Tuesday evening in Conference Carolinas women’s basketball action at Belk Arena in Due West, S.C.
Azariah Fields scored the opening basket of the game to give UMO the 2-0 advantage 1:12 into the game.
The Flying Fleet countered with an 8-2 run that included a pair of three-pointers to lead the Trojans 8-4 as the clock neared the six-minute mark.
A Jada Bacchus free throw pulled UMO within a point, 12-11, but Erskine closed the first quarter on an 8-2 run to lead 20-13 at the buzzer.
Mount Olive opened the second quarter on an 8-0 rally to knot the score at 20 all at the 7:30 mark. Kelly Post and Felecity Havens each recorded a layup, while Leah Williams added a key three in the run.
The Flying Fleet crept back ahead to lead 27-20 following seven unanswered points for EC, but the Trojans kicked on the burners to close the half on a 12-8 run entering halftime trailing by three points, 35-32.
UMO came out of the break on a 9-2 run taking their first lead of the game following a pair of jumpers from Havens that put the score at 41-37 with six to play in the third.
The Flying Fleet went on an 11-8 rally through the final minutes of the third quarter as the Trojans held on to a precarious 49-48 lead heading into the fourth.
Erskine carried the momentum from their run that closed the third into the start of the fourth by taking a four-point, 53-49 lead by the 8:30 mark.
Mount Olive knotted the score at 55 all following a pair of buckets from Fields and two free throws from Havens as the clock fell under five to play.
The teams traded points and the lead over the next three minutes but a late three by the Fleet pushed EC up by four, 66-62, with 2:09 remaining.
Havens and Bacchus each scored to tie the score at 66 before Erskine sunk a basket and two free throws to go up four, 70-66 with 18 seconds.
The Fleet lead was trimmed to one, 70-69, following a long three by Havens, but the Trojans efforts fell short as the Flying Fleet won 73-69, after scoring three free throws to end the game.
Felecity Havens ended the game with 32 points to lead the Trojans, while Jada Bacchus had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Mount Olive finishes the regular season 16-10 (12-8) and has a week off before hosting the either King, Limestone or Lees-McRae in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament.