SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University women's basketball team scored the final nine points of overtime to knock off cross-town rival and Division I Savannah State University, 72-68, in an exhibition contest billed as the "Battle By The Marsh" on Monday evening at Tiger Arena.
The fifth edition of the annual exhibition contest between the two Savannah rivals was also the first win for the Pirates since the series began in 2012-13. Like that meeting, this win came in overtime after the Pirates forced the extra frame on a basket by junior Mercedes Jenkins with just four seconds remaining that tied the score at 63-all.
The Tigers scored the first five points of the overtime on two free throws from Tiyonda Davis and a three-pointer from Lauren Moss, but Armstrong State would hold Savannah State without a point for the final 3:25 of the contest. Single free throws from sophomore Brianna Gipson and junior Machala Raymonville cut the lead to three, then Gipson's jumper with 1:51 left made the lead just one.
A layup by senior Lauren Woods gave the Pirates their first lead of the entire contest with 1:07 remaining, then Jenkins hit three of four free throws in the final minute to seal the win. Savannah State led by as many as 13, holding a 50-37 advantage in the fourth quarter.
Jenkins and Raymonville each finished the game with 16 points, while Jenkins also dished out eight assists. Senior Deundria Clark notched 10 points while Woods finished with a team-best nine rebounds.
Moss led all scorers for the host Tigers with 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting, including 3-of-6 three-pointers, and 2-of-2 free throws. Davis finished with 10 points while Jeremica Edwards grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Each team shot 39.1 percent from the field on the evening, with the Pirates hitting 25-of-64 shots and Savannah State hitting 27-of-69 shots. Armstrong State was 6-of-22 on three-pointers (27.3 percent) and Savannah State was 7-of-18 from beyond the arc (38.9 percent). The Pirates took advantage at the free throw line, hitting 16-of-26 foul shots (61.5 percent), while Savannah State made just 7-of-16 free throws (43.8 percent).
Armstrong State will open up the 2016-17 regular season on Friday evening, hosting Wingate in a 7:30 p.m. contest in the PBC-SAC Challenge at Alumni Arena.