Women's basketball team hands Florida Southwestern first conference loss

Women's basketball team hands Florida Southwestern first conference loss

Claire Bady stood at the free-throw line and told herself she could do it.

"I am not really good at making free throws," Bady admitted after the game. "But it was do or die."

Bady stood at the line and hit both free throws to give the Eastern Florida State College women's basketball team a 76-74 victory over No. 15 Florida Southwestern Wednesday night at Titan Field House.

After leading the entire first half, Florida Southwestern went on a run in the third quarter and held the lead up until the final minute of the game. 

With 54 seconds remaining, Alexandrine Obouh Fegue cut the lead to three, 74-71. She then blocked a shot in the paint, giving the Titans a chance. With time winding down, Mariah Batz let a 3-pointer fly from the corner, hitting it with 25 seconds remaining to tie the game 74-74.

A scramble for the ball led to the foul that sent Claire Bady to the line.

"We didn't give up, played together and really wanted it," Bady said. "We played so well all game, we did not want to lose this one."

Florida Southwestern's last-second shot was no good and is now 22-5 and 5-1 in the Suncoast Conference.

The Titans, who are now 19-5 overall and 4-2 in the conference, were led by Batz who finished with 22 points while Obouh Fegue had 21 points and 10 rebounds.Teammate Brianna Lewis had 13 points and 11 assists in the game. They will host Hillsborough Community College Saturday afternoon and a win with a St. Petersburg loss will clinch second place in the conference. The top two teams advance to the state tournament.

The game will tip off at 2 p.m. and admission is free.