Kyani Moore (FR/Orlando, Florida) scored with 1:16 left to lift the Wiley College women’s basketball team to a 75-67 overtime victory over Louisiana State University-Alexandria on Saturday in a Red River Athletic Conference game at Alumni Gymnasium.
This is the fifth consecutive victory for the Wildcats and first over the Generals since February 10, 2017. It’s the team’s second straight victory over a school that was ranked or receiving votes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 poll.
“I’m proud of my girls for how they fought back,” head coach Lenise Stallings said. “We had to have a serious talk at halftime. I’m glad they bounced back and played hard.”
Wiley College (10-9, 8-4) trailed by two at halftime in a game which featured six ties and nine lead changes. It shot 7-for-12 in the third quarter. RakeeaMables (FR/Peoria, Illinois) tied the game with 6:33 left. Wiley College gained the lead from the free throw line when Moore was fouled. Colby Hughes (SO/Peoria, Illinois) hit two 3-pointers to push the advantage up to nine.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Wildcats only hit two of 12 shots. Six turnovers helped the Generals take a one-point lead with less than four minutes remaining. With just over a minute remaining, Hughes hit a 3-pointer to give the lead back to the Lady Wildcats. LSU-Alexandria answered and tied the game. Both teams had chances at winning shots but were off the mark.
The Generals (13-7, 10-3), which are receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll, scored first. Hughes hit her fourth 3-pointer to put Wiley College on top. LSU-Alexandria tied it with under two minutes remaining. Moore’s basket put the Lady Wildcats up for good.
“This was a great win for our women,” said Brandon K. Dumas, Ph.D., director of intercollegiate athletics and vice president of student affairs. “They fought through adversity and pulled it. They are gaining more confidence with every win. Hopefully, we will continue the streak on the road.”
Brianna Tolliver (SR/Dallas, Texas) led the team with 23 points. She shot 7-for-9 and 3-for-4 from 3-point territory. She added seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. Moore recorded her seventh double-double and fourth in the last five games with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hughes hit four 3-pointers to finish the night with 14 points.
“Tolliver was due for a big game,” Stallings said. “I’m glad to have her back. I hope she is more consistent the rest of the season. I knew she had to adjust to coming off the bench.
“Kyani has a goal and is determined to get it. I love how she pushes herself. She wants to average a double-double. She knows she fell short a couple times which brought her rebounding average down. I tell her that she has got to get more than 10 to get back to averaging double-digits. She has keyed in on that knowing averaging a double-double will help us out.”
The Wildcats will begin a four-game road trip at Paul Quinn College on Thursday. They are looking to avenge their 73-68 loss at home on Jan. 9.