NOTE: This is the sixth of a weekly summer series on athletics.covenant.edu highlighting some of the top athletic moments and accomplishments from the 2015-16 academic year. This is not a ranking, or even a full comprehensive list, because of the many great accomplishments Covenant athletic programs had during the year. We hope you enjoy a look back at the many triumphs of the Covenant Scots during the 2015-16 year. --- Andrew Mindeman, Sports Information Director.
Conference road victories are always hard to come by at any level of college basketball. The Covenant women's basketball team experienced that on a Friday evening in mid-January at William Peace in Raleigh, N.C.
In the longest game on record in program history, the Scots outlasted the host Pacers 75-71 in triple-overtime and earned a USA South victory in the process. At the time, it was Covenant's second straight win.
The game itself may not have been pretty, but Covenant persevered through a cold shooting night to come out victorious. The Scots shot just 30.8 percent from the field, but outrebounded William Peace by an impressive 72-50 margin. The 72 rebounds set a single-game program record. Aleigha Williams led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while double-double machine Joanna Smith poured in 16 points with 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year (she ended the year with nine). Kaley Hallmark (11) and Rachel Price (10) also tallied double-digit rebound totals.
The contest went back and forth with 17 ties and nine lead changes throughout. Covenant held a 43-38 lead entering the fourth quarter, but William Peace rallied and tied the score at 51 apiece on a Hannah Ericksen layup with 1:35 remaining in regulation. Both teams had chances late but neither could convert as the contest entered overtime.
The Scots scored the first three points in the first overtime period and later led by three at 61-58 after a Kate Patrick layup with 59 seconds left. William Peace's Brittany Boykin tied the score again with a 3-pointer with 43 ticks left and again neither team could score to send it into a second overtime.
Trailing 66-64 with 2:18 left in the second overtime, Hallmark made a pair of free throws and Clara Dirkse drained a 3-pointer with 1:01 left giving the Scots a 69-66 lead. After getting a defensive stop, Covenant could not seal the game at the free throw line and William Peace took advantage. Zhana Gooden buried a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to once again tie the score. Alex Quimby's 3-point attempt as time expired was off the mark.
Finally in the third overtime, Covenant scored the final six points of the period to get the conference road win. Trailing 71-70 with under a minute to play, Jessica Bell collected an offensive rebound and made a layup giving the Scots a 72-71 lead with 48 seconds left. Patrick made two free throws on the following possession and Smith added one more to ice the game with 10 seconds left.
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