HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) _ Forward Rachel Thompson scored eight of her 10 points in a fourth-quarter rally Thursday as William Carey University held off the University of Mobile 63-60 at Clinton Gymnasium.
Carey protected a one-point edge for the final 88 seconds of the game after Mobile’s Janae Strode hit a 3-pointer with 1:28 to play.
It wasn’t until Destiny Williams added two free throws with no time on the clock that the Lady Crusaders could exhale and claim the Southern States Athletic Conference victory.
Mobile (3-10, 1-3 SSAC) had jumped out to 20-10 first-quarter lead, with Carey (4-5, 3-2) playing catch-up the rest of the game.
Trailing by seven heading into the final period, the Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Rams 24-15 in the final period.
Carey helped itself at the free-throw line, making 20-of-23 attempts.
Forward Jada Jones led Carey with 12 points and seven rebounds and guard Michaela Terry added 10 points and five rebounds.
Thompson had 10 points, six rebounds, six steals, two blocked shots and two assists, while guard Shantavis Hughes had five points, five steals and three assists.
Mobile was led by guard Kendra Langham, who had 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Guard Jordyn York added 12 points and four rebounds. Guard Tara Tuck, who hit 3-of-4 treys, finished with 11 points and three assists and forward Jazmine Atkins added six points and 14 rebounds.
The Lady Crusaders welcome Stillman College at 2 p.m. Saturday.