UWA women earn last-second win over Delta State

Published 9:02 am Friday, February 22, 2013

LIVINGSTON – Jamie Gunter stole a Delta State pass at the top of the key and went coast to coast for the game-winning layup with 0.06 seconds left to lift the University of West Alabama women’s basketball team to a 63-61 Gulf South Conference victory over Delta State at Pruitt Hall Thursday.

With the score tied at 61-61 with 14.1 seconds to play, Delta State was inbounding in the backcourt with what looked to be the final possession to win the game. Gunter had a different idea.

“I knew they were going to go to Seneca (Walton) and they were going to cross, so I just decided to go for it,” Gunter said. “It was like I was going in slow motion down the court. It never even crossed my mind that I would not make the layup.”

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The win was the second straight for West Alabama and improves the Tigers to 11-12 overall and 6-9 in the GSC. Delta State dropped to 15-8 and 10-5.

In a game where the lead changed hands 21 times and was tied a dozen more, Nikkia Jordan hit a pair of free throws and a layup to give UWA a 61-59 advantage with 2:00 to play. Walton tied the score at 61 with a jumper in the paint with 1:07 left. Neither team scored again until Gunter’s game winner.

“The kids really played hard and got us in a good position to win,” UWA head coach Craig Roden said. “Our defense played solid on the last possession. Of course Jamie’s play was big, but Synthea Reed and Tamya Thompson also made some huge plays down the stretch.”

Jordan scored 24 points for West Alabama to lead all scorers. Brittany Weathers chipped in 13 points. Reed scored 11 and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Tigers.

Walton scored 17 for Delta State and Chadisty Hickman chipped in 13 off the bench.

West Alabama is at home against Christian Brothers Saturday. Tipoff is 2 p.m.