TROY, Alabama – Behind another stellar performance from its underclassmen, the Troy women’s basketball team knocked off the Sun Belt’s top team with a 76-70 overtime victory over Little Rock on Saturday in Trojan Arena.
Troy (13-10, 8-4 Sun Belt) won its sixth straight and snapped Little Rock’s (15-9, 12-1) 12-game winning streak, it’s just the fifth win for Troy in 22 games in the all-time series.
Sophomore Kayla Robinson made her case for a third straight Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week award scoring a game-high 18 points to compliment six rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Harriet Winchester was 5-of-6 in the game and knocked down all three of her 3-point attempts to finish with 13 points.
Against the nation’s No. 3 defense – Little Rock entered the game allowing just 52.7 points per game – Troy trailed for just 12 seconds in the game and scored the second-most points against Little Rock behind the 86 put up by then-No. 3 Mississippi State on Dec. 10.
Leading by 10, 56-46, with 7:40 to play, Little Rock held Troy scoreless over the final 2:57 seconds of regulation to force overtime. Robinson took control in the extra period scoring eight of the team’s 12 points. She has scored 18-plus in six consecutive games.
Sophomore Amber Rivers finished the game with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting while Sky’Lynn Holmes scored 11 to go with a team-high eight rebounds.
“This is a team that makes you play a half-court offense,” Troy head coach Chanda Rigby said. “I was really pleased with how poised our team was and how we settled down and ran it time and time again.”
Troy hits the road for a two-game east coast road swing when it takes on Coastal Carolina on Thursday and Appalachian State on Saturday in Sun Belt Conference action.
• Troy committed a season-low 11 rebounds matching its total at Tennessee on Dec. 6, while forcing Little Rock into a season-high 21 miscues.
• Troy led, 31-30, at halftime, the first time Little Rock trailed at the break in Sun Belt play this season.
• Troy’s 11-point lead with 1:00 to play in the third quarter was the largest by over Little Rock by a Sun Belt opponent this season.
• Troy is 9-1 at home this season.
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