MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Late game heroics by junior guard Carter Williams gave the Pfeiffer women's basketball team (1-3) their first win of the season, a 69-66 overtime win over Johnson C. Smith (0-3). Williams hit clutch baskets at the end of regulation, and in the overtime period, as the Falcons came away with the victory on Tuesday night. Williams finished with a double double, scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, while freshman Alexis Stallard added 15 points.
With the Falcons trailing by three at the end of regulation, Williams faked the defense and banked in an elbow jumper to cut the lead to 55-54 with nine seconds remaining. Amy Steller stole the ensuing inbounds pass and was sent to the line. Steller hit one of two and Bunch's three point heave fell short, sending the game to overtime.
Williams again came up big with 3:30 left in OT as her three pointer with the shot clock running down gave Pfeiffer the 58-55 lead. The Golden Bulls would tie the game at 59 before Amy Steller went 4-for-4 from the line to push the lead back to 63-59 with 1:28 left. In a desperate attempt to get back into the game, Karina Bunch hit a jumper and was fouled. Her free throw missed but Johnson C. Smith grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled again. Kaila Duarte converted 1-of-2 from the line to even the score. Ariana Tillman got a huge offensive rebound and finished in the lane for the decisive basket.
The physical contest saw 55 fouls called and three players foul out. Only three days after playing every minute in a double overtime loss at Mars Hill, Williams again went the duration and has a staggering 95 minutes played in the last two games.
Ashley Porter led the way for the Golden Bulls, scoring 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Bunch added 13 points and Deanna Downer grabbed 10 boards.
Each team struggled offensively as Johnson C. Smith hit only 28.4 percent of their shots from the field in the game, while Pfeiffer connected on 33.9 percent. The Golden Bulls dominated on the glass and held a 57-46 advantage for the game, including a 26-14 margin on the offensive end.
Defense dominated the first half as Pfeiffer's pressure forced 15 first half turnovers and held the Golden Bulls to just 30 percent shooting in the half. Johnson C. Smith converted on 1-of-11 to start the contest but held a 22-17 advantage in rebounds at the break. Stallard led the way with nine first half points and Lauren White had six points and five rebounds as the Falcons took a 28-24 after the first 20 minutes.
The Falcons return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Benedict at 2 p.m.