The Rogers State Women's Basketball team overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half to defeat St. Edward's University 84-81 in overtime Saturday afternoon in Heartland Conference play at the Claremore Expo Center.
With two seconds remaining in regulation, Carlye Bohannon tied the game with a layup to force overtime. On the overtime tip, Lauren Schuldt tipped the ball directly to Bohannon who gave the Hillcats (9-8, 2-2 Heartland) a lead that they wouldn't relinquish in the overtime period to the Hilltoppers (9-9, 1-3).
Several Hillcats would have career games in the victory, including Schuldt and Bohannon. Schuldt was joined by Darian Jackson. with a game high 21 points in the victory. Schuldt would grab a double-double, as she also pulled down 10 rebounds.
Schuldt was also impressive defensively and distributing the basketball. Schuldt set a career high with six blocks in the game and also matched a career high with seven assists. The senior was one block shy of the school record.
Schuldt also forced a turnover on an inbound play with seven seconds to go, leading to Bohannon's game-tying basket.
Bohannon finished with a career high 13 points in the game, with 9 of those points coming in the overtime period.
Jackson came off the bench and almost never left the floor, playing 37 minutes to finish in a tie with Schuldt in scoring at 21 points. Jackson set a season high in points, as well as field goals (8) in the game. She also had seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Her five assists were a career high and her three assists matched a career high.
Lindsey Byfield also finished in double figures with 11 points. Byfield added four rebounds in the game.
The Hillcats outrebounded St. Edward's 37-34 in the contest. Rogers State shot 46 percent from the field in the game, while holding the Hilltoppers to 42 percent shooting.
The visitors took an early lead and expanded it to as much as 16, large in part to 8-for-10 shooting from behind the arc in the first half. St. Edward's would go 3-for-5 from long range in the third quarter but was 0-for-5 in the fourth quarter.
Rogers State forced 17 turnovers from St. Edward's and turned it into 23 points. The Hilltoppers had 14 points off of 13 Hillcat turnovers.
The Hillcats dominated the paint, outscoring St. Edward's 44-14 inside.
Rogers State will hit the road for the first of three straight away from the Claremore Expo Center as the Hillcats will travel to San Antonio, Texas to take on St. Mary's University Thursday evening. The Hillcats and Rattlers will tip off at 5:30 p.m. at the Bill Greehey Arena.