EL PASO – Emily Klaczek’s 3-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation send the game into overtime and UAB outscored UTEP 7-5 in the extra period in its 76-74 victory in the Conference USA opener on Thursday night.
Margaret Whitley scored a game-high 16 points, Klaczek added 14 and Zakyia Weathersby recorded her league-leading eighth double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers (8-4, 1-0 C-USA).
Destiny Thurman scored 17 for the Miners (8-3, 0-1 C-USA).
Lindsey Dullard hit 3-pointer followed by a layup to give UAB an eight-point lead at 19-11 with under a minute left in the 1st quarter. UTEP would tie the score at 23-23 midway through the 2nd quarter after knocking down a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched between a layup. Klaczek would give the Blazers the lead on the next possession and take a 34-29 advantage into halftime.
The Blazers would hold the lead the entire 3rd quarter, capped by a Maria Roters layup that made the score 49-46.
Weathersby’s layup put UAB ahead 66-62 with 1:54 left in the 4th quarter. However, the Miners would score the game’s next seven points to take a 69-66 lead with 14 seconds left. The next possession was Klaczek’s game-tying shot.
In overtime, there were five lead changes, the last coming on a Whitley layup with 30 seconds left that made the score 75-74. The Miners missed on their ensuing trip up the floor, with Weathersby grabbing the rebound. Destinee McGhee was fouled and made the back end of her foul shots with 10 seconds remaining. UTEP tried to tie the game at the buzzer, but the shot fell short.
The Blazers shot season-bests 60.4% from the field and 58.3% from 3-point range. UAB outscored UTEP in the paint 40-26 and had the advantage on the boards 40-26.
Up next, UAB remains in Texas to face UTSA (3-9, 0-1 C-USA) on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Roadrunners fell to Middle Tennessee 85-56 earlier this evening. The Blazers return home to host North Texas on Jan. 6 and Rice Jan. 8.
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