The University of Texas-Pan American women's basketball program (12-15, 8-3) picked up their 12th win of the season as the Lady Broncs defeated the South Dakota Coyotes (12-15, 4-6) 57-56 in the final seconds of play this Thursday (Mar. 4) evening at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, SD.
The Lady Broncs started off strong as they began tonight's contest on a 7-0 run. Rose Esther Jean scored four points of UTPA's run. South Dakota was able to go up on the board as Andrea Garza fouled Jasmine Mosley for two; Mosley sank one of her two free throws with 16:40 on the clock.
UTPA was able to hold onto their lead, but Mosley's free throw was the start of USD's 7-0 run to tie the score at seven with 12:09 on the clock. South Dakota's Abby Kinder's three-point shot then put the Coyotes up and gave them the lead.
South Dakota led by as much as nine on three separate occasions and headed into the half leading by two after UTPA closed out the half on an 11-3 run. South Dakota led 28-26.
Coming out of the half, the Coyotes were able to hold onto their lead as former Nacogdoches Lady Dragon Aleeya Grigsby fouled South Dakota's Amber Hegge with 19:34 on the clock; Hegge made only one of her two free throws.
The Lady Broncs were able to cut South Dakota's lead and came within one with 18:18 on the clock on a layup by Sherrell Davis. A jump shot at the 17:48 mark by Marah Guzman put the Lady Broncs back up and in the game.
The next four minutes on the clock was a battle for the lead as each club led by no more than three points. UTPA was able to pull away with 13:18 on the clock as Marah Guzman scored two for the Lady Broncs to put UTPA up 42-37.
USD closed in on the Lady Broncs lead once again to tie the contest for the second time in the evening with 10:06 on the clock. The Lady Broncs were able to regain their lead on a bucket by Aleeya Grigsby.
The Lady Broncs then led by as much as nine on two occasions and saw their largest lead of the half at the 4:16 mark as Rose Esther Jean scored two. That would be the last time UTPA would score during the contest.
USD closed out the contest on an 8-0 run and came as close as one as Amber Hegge was drawn to the line by Aleeya Grigsby on her fourth foul. Hegge made only one of her two free throws.
For the Lady Broncs, Bianca Torre scored 17 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the line, to go along with four assists and two steals. Aleeya Grigsby added 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Sherrell Davis scored a career-high nine points and was one rebound shy of tying her career-high seven rebounds with six in 32 minutes of action.
Amber Hegge led the Coyotes with 17 points and 12 rebounds along with two blocks, an assist and steal.
The Lady Broncs next head to Grand Forks, ND as the women close out the regular season with a 1:00 p.m. tip-off time against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux.