Scott Goode, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information
DURANT, Okla. – Harding erased an 11-point second-half deficit but fell 74-68 to Southeastern Oklahoma in overtime Saturday in Great American Conference action at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Kellie Lampo made a free throw as part of a three-point play with 1:51 left in overtime to give Harding a 68-67 lead. On the following possession, officials whistled Southeastern’s Kamryn Cantwell for a charging foul on a made basket. A video review lasting more than four minutes ensued. The call was changed to a blocking foul on Harding’s Amanda Kearney with Cantwell’s basket counting. Cantwell also made the free throw and Southeastern pull away in the last minute.
Harding’s Carissa Caples made a 10-foot jumper on the right baseline with 1.5 seconds left in regulation to give the Lady Bisons a 63-61 lead. Southeastern advanced the ball to midcourt after a timeout, and Harding fouled Katie Webb with 0.2 left. Webb made both free throws to push the game into overtime.
Harding trailed 37-26 with 6:40 left in the third quarter but battled back to tie three times in the fourth quarter.
Harding, playing its fifth straight road game, fell to 8-4 overall and 3-3 in the GAC. Southeastern, playing its sixth straight home game, improved to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in conference.
Kearney led Harding with a career-high 19 points and nine rebounds. Lampo scored all 14 of her points in the second half and overtime, and Caples dropped in 12.
Cantwell led Southeastern with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Harding’s next action is Thursday against Oklahoma Baptist in Searcy. Tipoff at the Rhodes-Reaves Field House is at 5:30 p.m.