NEW ORLEANS, La. - Jas'Mine Bracey recorded her third double-double of the season, with 18 points and 15 rebounds, as the Central Michigan women's basketball team defeated the College of Charleston in overtime, 72-69, Thursday in the Tulane Holiday Tournament.
The Chippewas (8-6) are now 3-1 on the season when playing in overtime games, and for the first time since the 2004-05 season they have had four games head to extra time.
Three straight baskets by Bracey during the overtime period helped the Chippewas jump out to a six-point lead midway through the extra period. Two final jumpers by Jessica Green allowed CMU to build its lead to eight, which was enough to hold off the late charge by the Cougars (2-10).
The Chippewas were able to hold a one-point lead heading into the half after being up by as many as nine. Jordan LaDuke had four three-pointers in the first half including one with 4:49 left in the first half to put the Maroon and Gold up 29-20. Charleston finished the half on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to one at the break.
The lead was traded back and fourth to begin the second half, but it was back-to-back steals from Green and Crystal Bradford that allowed the Maroon and Gold to jump ahead 48-44 with 10:03 left to play. Charleston fought back and tied the game for the fifth time, at 53, with 6:36 remaining. CMU grabbed a lead, off a Bradford layup, at 3:23, but a Cougar bucket at 1:52 tied the game at 60.
Bracey grabbed a loose ball in the paint with 22 seconds remaining to give the Chippewas the final shot, but a turnover on the offensive end with eight seconds left on the clock, gave the ball back to Charleston. CMU forced a trap on the sideline that allowed the waning seconds of regulation to tick off and send the game to overtime.
LaDuke tied her career high with 17 points going 5-for-10 from three-point range. Her five makes is the most by a Chippewa this season. Green added 12 points and had a season high five assists. Niki DiGuilio finished the night with 11 points, nine of which came from long range.
As a team CMU finished the night shooting 38 percent from the floor while Charleston was 40.3 percent. The Chippewas forced 20 turnovers that led to 22 points.