Jan. 29, 2005
ARLINGTON, Texas - When McNeese State forward Regina Spivey tied the game with 4.9 remaining in the game, everybody at Texas Hall was gearing up for overtime. That is everyone except Krystal Buchanan. The senior guard from DeSoto had other ideas as she dribbled down the court and fired up a 41-foot shot as the clock expired and banked it in to give Texas-Arlington a 56-53 victory Saturday afternoon.
UTA (13-6, 8-0 SLC) did not play its best game of the season, but managed to put it together in final 15 minutes as they overcame a 12-point deficit to remain unbeaten and atop the Southland Conference standings. It was the eighth straight victory for UTA, tieing the 1976-77 team for the longest winning streak in school history. The Mavs victory coupled with a Texas State loss at Nicholls State leaves UTA as the only unbeaten in the conference. MSU dropped to 4-14 on the season and 3-4 in SLC action.
The Mavs raced out to a 14-5 advantage in the game's first eight minutes. Tabitha Wesley got the scoring started with a three-pointer and Terra Wallace hit a jumper and followed it up with a steal and a layup. Ashley Bobb would hit a pair of shots and Buchanan would close out the run with an acrobatic layup.
Unlike the earlier meeting in Lake Charles, MSU did not go away as they would outscore UTA 24-8 over the remaining 11 minutes of the half. The Mavs played the majority of the half without their second leading scorer as Rola Ogunoye was saddled with two early fouls. Bedford product Courtney Colmer helped the Cowgirls surge ahead as she hit four of her five shots in the half for 11 points in helping MSU take a 29-22 lead into intermission.
Buchanan started the second half the same way she ended it by hitting a three-pointer to cut the deficit to four points. MSU again surged ahead and when Spivey made a layup off an offensive rebound with 15:02 remaining, the Cowgirls led 37-25.
Wallace would then assert herself on the offensive end as she hit four shots, including three triples, to bring the Mavs to within three points with 9:03 remaining. Shamika Stewart would push the lead back to five with a basket before Wesley hit another trifecta to cut the margin to two.
Wallace would finally pull the Mavs even with a jumper before Buchanan hit a streaking Ogunoye for a layup with 6:37 remaining gave UTA its first lead since the 6:50 mark of the first half. Spivey would again tie the game before Wesley put UTA ahead with her third three-pointer of the game.
MSU's Tara Abdul-Hadi put the Cowgirls back in front with a layup with just under four minutes to go. Ogunoye would give UTA the lead back as she followed a Bobb miss with a rebound and putback. Wesley made one-of-two at the charity stripe to put the Mavs ahead by two before Abdul-Hadi hit a pair of freebies to tie things back up with 1:39 left.
The two teams would combine for three turnovers and two missed shots in the next 1:13 until Bobb grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled. She would convert both free throws to give UTA the advantage with 26 remaining. Spivey would follow her own miss and score with what was thought to be the basket that sent the game into overtime.
Wallace led UTA offensively with 19 points. She also added six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. She was joined in double figures by Bobb and Wesley with 10 apiece. Bobb led the team on the glass with nine rebounds. Spivey led the Cowgirls with 14 points.
Three-point shooting was the difference in the second half as the Mavs went 7-for-12 (.583), while MSU went 0-for-3. UTA finished the game 8-for-18 (.444) from behind the arc.
The Mavs return to action on Feb. 5 when they travel to take on Texas State. Game time is set fro 4 p.m.