RICHARDSON — Trailing by 17 points with 4:36 remaining, the Howard Payne Lady Jackets finished regulation on an 18-1 run to force overtime against the UT-Dallas Lady Comets. The Lady Jackets then climbed out of a five-point hole in the extra session to force a second overtime. Leading by three points with 63 seconds left, the Lady Jackets surrendered the final five points — including a buzzer-beating bucket — as UT-Dallas survived, 81-79, Monday afternoon.
Howard Payne (6-2, 3-1) suffered its first ASC loss and saw its six-game win streak snapped. Meanwhile, UT-Dallas (8-1, 5-1) stretched its win streak to five games with its only loss coming at Louisiana College, 70-65, on Nov. 25.
With one second left in double overtime, UT-Dallas’ Michaela Gonzalez scored off an inbounds pass from Madi Hess to stun the Lady Jackets. The Lady Jackets had used a 5-2 surge to grab a 79-76 lead — thanks to a three-point play from Jessica Galaviz — with 1:03 left. But UT-Dallas pulled even at 79 on a trey by Hess with 52 seconds left. The Lady Comets twice missed go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds, but pulled down offensive rebounds both times, which set the stage for the game-winner.
Down 27-22 at halftime, Howard Payne fell behind by 18 points, 55-37, with six minutes left. Staring at a 59-42 deficit with the game seemingly out of hand, the Lady Jackets began to claw back.
A free throw by Sarah Van Remmen, buckets from Danyel Bradley and Kalin Hanna and a three-point play by Van Remmen brought HPU within 59-50. Bradley then sank a pair of free throws to close the gap to 59-52 with 1:38 left, while Christina Brosnahan contributed UT-Dallas’ only point of the final four-plus minutes with a free throw with 1:03 remaining.
A traditional three-point play by Bradley reduced UT-Dallas’ lead to 60-55 with 55 seconds left, then Bradley drilled a jumper with 15 seconds to go, making the score 60-57. With two seconds remaining, Bradley completed the improbable comeback by burying a three-pointer with an assist from Van Remmen.
In overtime, HPU fell behind 66-61 at the 3:18 mark, but again charged back to knot the score at 67 with 1:25 left on a bucket by Sarahi Castillo. Hanna’s jumper closed the gap to 66-63 then, following a Hess free throw, Bradley knocked down a pair of free throws ahead of Castillo’s tying bucket. Brosnahan’s layup with 1:04 left pushed UT-Dallas back in front, 69-67, but another pair of Bradley free throws evened the score at 69 with seven seconds to go.
Bradley matched her career-high with 35 points, while Hanna established a new career-high with 19 points and added 11 rebounds. Van Remmen also contributed a double-double of 15 points and 14 boards, followed by Galaviz and Yessenia Cazares with four points each and Castillo with two.
Hess finished with 18 points to pace the Lady Comets trailed by 14 from Ashley Shaw, 11 from Iemah Wallace-Perry and 10 points from Nicolette Erkman. Brosnahan chipped in nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Howard Payne resumes ASC action at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 as it visits No. 18 UT-Tyler (8-1, 5-1).