The Hendrix women’s basketball team, claiming their fourth victory in five games, moved into the semifinals of the Southern Athletic Association tournament Friday night with an 69-68 upset of Centre in overtime in a first-round game of the tourney at Jackson, Miss.
The sixth-seeded Warriors (5-21) played Rhodes in Saturday night’s semifinals.
Hendrix led 61-55 in the second half with 3:19 remaining before the third-seeded Colonels (14-11) cut the lead to 61-60 with 56 seconds left in regulation. Warrior guard Estrella Flores made one of two free throws with 12 seconds left to go up by two, but Centre forward Chelsea Benham scored with five seconds left to force overtime.
In the extra period, Flores again went one of two at the line two at the line with seven seconds left and the Colonels turned the ball over with four seconds remaining and Hendrix ran out the clock to win the game.
Hendrix got a big boost from Flores and junior guard Kaitlin McNeill off the bench. Flores led all players with 15 points, hitting two three-pointers and going 7-of-10 at the line.
In the men’s tournament at Danville, Ky, Birmingham-Southern (19-7) pulled away in the second half on the way to a 71-59 victory, ending the season for the Warriors (8-18).
Hendrix’s Jaren Riley ended his career with 13 points. Primm had 12 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore forward Luke Vance scored 11 points and grabbed seven boards. Sophomore guard Andy Gram added eight points, five rebounds and two assists.
Along with Riley, the game was the final in the career of senior center Dayton Sheridan.