Late FTs lift Texas A&M International past Lady Eagles

OC's Katy O'Steen goes up for a shot against Texas A&M International's Amanda Mangan on Thursday.
OC's Katy O'Steen goes up for a shot against Texas A&M International's Amanda Mangan on Thursday.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 24, 2013) – Samantha Chacon hit two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to lift Texas A&M International past Oklahoma Christian 73-71 on Thursday night at the Eagles’ Nest.

Oklahoma Christian (9-9) dropped its second straight game against a Heartland Conference foe despite a double-double from Katy O’Steen, her third of the season.

The senior from Durant finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Logan McKee added 17 points, but the Lady Eagles went just 16-of-28 from the free-throw line (57.1 percent) and committed 23 turnovers, opening the door for TAMIU (7-11).

“Missing free throws will get you every time,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said.

OC looked to be in control after Madison Middle came off the bench with eight minutes left and quickly hit two 3-pointers, the first giving OC its first lead since the first half. A 3-pointer by Jasmine Hinton put the Lady Eagles ahead 66-58 with 4:55 left, but OC managed only one more basket and four points after that.

During the final 10:21, OC went just 4-of-11 at the line.

The Dustdevils used an 8-0 run to tie the game at 66-66 with 2:19 left on a basket by Amanda Mangan. O’Steen’s three-point play with 2:10 left put the Lady Eagles ahead 69-66. OC still led 70-69 after TAMIU’s Alexandria Dews went 1-of-2 from the line with 1:33 left.

Krista Stevens hit 1-of-2 free throws for OC with 34.4 seconds left, but Dews’ driving basket with 25 seconds left tied the game. TAMIU’s Malika Jackson stole an OC pass with about 12 seconds left and as the Chacon was in the backcourt, moving toward the frontcourt, officials whisted Stevens for a foul.

Chacon made both shots and after two timeouts, OC managed only a 25-foot heave by Roz Hamilton, which fell short.

Amanda Mangan and Chacon scored 18 points each to lead the Dustdevils, while Jackson added 12 points and eight rebounds. The Dustdevils shot 54.2 percent (26 of 48) from the field and 76.2 percent (16 of 21) from the line.

OC started the game 1-of-10 from 3-point range but finished 9-of-27, led by McKee’s 4-of-8 effort. Hamilton added 10 points for OC, which shot 40.4 percent (23 of 57) from the field.