MARIETTA, Ga. — The Lindenwood University-Belleville women's basketball team took on the Lady Golden Bears of WVU Tech Lady Golden Bears on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the A.I.I. Conference Tournament and scored an 86-80 overrtime victory.
LU-Belleville's Shelby Kohrmann led all scorers with 33 points, five rebounds, and two assists. She finished 11-for-20 from the field, 5-for-8 from behind the three point line, and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Diamond Burt picked up her 11th double-double of the season after finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with five steals. Stephanie Cathcart chipped in a season high 15 points and finished with six rebounds.
The Lady Golden Bears jumped out to an early 11-point lead just over five minutes into the game. Cierra Mobley's layup capped off the 20-9 run for the Lady Golden Bears.
The Lynx finished the first half on a 14-0 run to take a five-point lead at the break. Kohrmann led all scorers in the first half with 24 points, a career high for points in a half.
Down three with 6:56 left, Cathcart knocked down a jumper to cut the deficit to one and added a free throw just over two minutes later to tie the game up for the sixth time. On the Lady Lynx's next possession, Kohrmann knocked down a three-pointer to give the Lady Lynx a three-point lead.
Diamond Burt put up a jumper with 12 seconds left that fell short, but after a great hustle play Burt picked up the offensive rebound and found Cathcart for a layup to tie the game up with eight seconds left. The Lady Golden Bears could not get a shot off over the final eight seconds and the game was headed into overtime.
In the extra session, Kohrmann and Burt contributed back to back baskets to extend the Lady Lynx lead to seven. The Lady Golden Bears cut the deficit to three with 1:14 left in overtime, but this is as close as they would get. After a pair of free throws by Kohrmann to seal the victory.
With the win the Lady Lynx move to 21-10 on the season. The Lady Golden Bears fall to 11-15. The 21 wins breaks the program record for most wins in a season set last year when the Lady Lynx finished with 20 wins.