After coughing up an eight-point lead in the second half Friday, Eastern Kentucky pulled off a 56-55 victory against Central Arkansas in the Preseason WNIT, after Michaela Hunter sank two free throws with 10 seconds in the game at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.
With about 30 seconds to go, Eastern Kentucky’s Alexus Cooper stole the ball and got it to Hunter. Brianna Mullins’ last-second shot for Central Arkansas was off-target at the buzzer. Both teams will conclude play in the consolation round on Saturday.
The Colonels (1-1) got 15 points from Shameekia Murray; Hunter had 14 points and six rebounds, and Mariah Massengill had seven assists. Eastern Kentucky pulled off 14 steals and had a 28-14 advantage in points in the paint.
The Sugar Bears (0-2) were paced by Mullins, who had 21 points and eight rebounds. Maggie Proffitt added 16 points, and Terai Sadler had 10 points and eight rebounds.