CLINTON, Miss. – April Leonard went coast-to-coast with six seconds on the clock hitting a running jumper as time expired giving East Texas Baptist University the 60-58 win over Mississippi College. With the win, ETBU earns the final spot from the American Southwest Conference East Division for the tournament next weekend.
Mary Slaughter led all scorers with 18 points and posted seven rebounds with four blocks pushing ETBU to the win. Leonard added 14 points and five rebounds hitting four three-pointers and shooting 50 percent from the floor. Whitney Enis was Mississippi College’s leading scorer with 14 points.
After being up by as many as 14 points in the first half, Mississippi College came back in the second half. Slaughter put ETBU up by three, 58-55, with 16 seconds left in the game on a jumper only to see Mississippi College’s Elizabeth Brooks sink the tying three-pointer with nine seconds left to put the score at 58 all. After a timeout, ETBU inbounded the ball to Leonard who ran the court and then put up the winning shot from the right side of the paint for the win, 60-58, as time expired. ETBU had as large as an eight point lead in the second half as Mississippi College came back to tie the game with 16 seconds left.
Mississippi College’s only lead was 2-0 in the game at the 18:16 mark before ETBU went on a 23-8 run in the next 10 minutes for a 13-point lead, 23-10. Their largest lead of 14, 32-18, came with 4:24 left in the half on a Jaimie Kadlecek lay up.
ETBU finished shooting 40 percent from the floor, 46 percent from the arc, and 71 percent from the stripe. In the first half, ETBU hit 5-of-9 three-pointers for 55 percent. Mississippi College shot 42 percent from the floor and the arc and shot only 44 percent from the line. Mississippi College also out rebounded ETBU, 38-36.
ETBU will now wait to see who they will play in the ASC Tournament on Friday, February 22nd.