Nicole Fasick finished the game with just three points, but her trifecta came when it mattered most.
After VSU guard Kourtnee Williams tied the game on a pair of free throws with 17 seconds to play — the Wolves missed a shot, gathered their rebound to kick out a pass to a wide-open Fasick for a last second three.
Fasick buried the jumper that prevented overtime and sealed a 65-62 win in the P.E. Complex.
“We forced a tough shot, it came off the rim, we didn’t block out, and the ball came out. It was a 50/50 ball, and we didn’t grab, [Fasick] squirts out and shoots a three— nothing but net,” VSU head coach Kiley Hill said.
With the loss, VSU (10-13, 5-12) swaps places with West Georgia (8-15, 6-11) in the standings, taking 9th place, and UWG claims the 8th spot.
Despite the result, Amy Duke turned in an outstanding game.
The 6-0 junior from Henderson, Tenn. finished with a double-double that included 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Duke was a major focal point in this game, receiving many isolated post opportunities as the game entered the final minutes.
“At times it was by design, and then at (other) times my teammates just put me in good position —where I had opportunities,” Duke said.
VSU also got major contributions from April Thomas, who led the team with 17 points and had four rebounds. Jordan Waugh was also a force on the glass, coming up with 10 rebounds and six points.
Ultimately, UWG’s Marion Lemonnier, recorded what might have been the strongest performance of all.
Lemonnier dropped a game-high 25 points and five rebounds, with 18 of her points coming in the second half.
The second highest scorer— Shakiyla McLin— finished with nine points.
“Losing like we did tonight is never a fun thing—losing in general is (always) discouraging— but our team’s shown a lot of fight right now… I mean, we’ve been going through a lot of adversity,” Duke said.
VSU will be back in action against Shorter on Saturday.
“Honestly, just the season that we have had, it would be easy to fall apart and start pointing finger… but our team has actually stayed together for the most part. And we’re just trying to get better every day,” Duke added.
This article was written by Neil Frawley.