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Caudill's Free Throw with 0.8 Left Lifts Women's Basketball to 76-75 Overtime Win over Belmont Abbey

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MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer University’s Celeste Caudill hit a free throw with 0.8 seconds remaining to lift the Lady Falcons to a 76-75 overtime win over Belmont Abbey College on Saturday night in the Merner Gym.  Brittany Cox scored a team-high 17 points as Pfeiffer improves to 9-12 overall, 8-7 in league play. Crusaders forward Shayla Jackson set a career-high with 34 points as Belmont Abbey falls to 11-11, 10-6.

Jackson registered 34 points on 13-17 shooting from the floor and converted eight of nine free throws. She also had seven rebounds and one assist. Melisa Foures added 14 points and Amanda McDonald notched a double double, scoring ten points, including a jumper with seven seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, and a career-high ten rebounds. Behind Cox, Christina Harvey added 13 while Celeste Caudill chipped in with ten. Kellie Rhoney tied McDonald for the game-high with ten boards.

Pfeiffer led by five, 61-56, with 2:22 left in regulation, but a 5-0 Abbey run, coming on a Candace Fox layup, a jumper from Jackson and a free throw from Kelsey Long deadlocked the game at 61with 50 seconds left. With 24 seconds left, Cox put the Falcons ahead by two with a layup. After an Abbey timeout with 12 seconds left, McDonald buried a jumper to tie the game for the ninth time, at 63-63.

In the extra period, a Cox free throw put the Falcons up by one, but Jackson countered with a short jumper to move the Abbey out in front 65-64 with 4:32 left. Two Falcons three-pointers sandwiched around a bucket by Jackson made the score70-67 Pfeiffer with 3:34 showing. A layup from Jackson followed by two free throws by Foures erased the Falcons lead and put the Abbey on top 71-70 with 2:33 left. Another basket by Jackson, her 34th and final points of the night, increased the advantage to three with 1:51 to go.

Cox answered with a trifecta to deadlock the game for the twelfth time, but two free throws from Long moved the Abbey back in front, 75-73 with 14 seconds left. Two seconds later, Cox was fouled and converted the two free throws to tie the game for the thirteenth and final time.  With four seconds left McDonald missed a jumper that Caudill rebounded. She was fouled with one second left and hit the winning free throw. She missed the second and Foures grabbed the rebound as time expired.

Belmont Abbey led by as many as 11 points in the first half and carried a 29-27 edge at the break after converting half of its shots. It finished with a 48.1 percent (25-52) output while Pfeiffer shot 37.7 percent (26-69). The Abbey sank just one of nine from three-point range, while the Falcons were nine of 25.

Pfeiffer returns to their home floor on Monday night to host St. Andrews for a 5:30 p.m. tip.

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