Fort Smith, Ark. -- The Missouri Southern women's basketball team out scored Arkansas-Fort Smith 19-8 over the final four minutes and nearly forced overtime, but couldn't overcome the deficit and fell 72-70 to the Lady Lions.
Southern (0-1) got a career-high 36 points from Jasmine Lovejoy as the senior added 15 rebounds and two steals to go with the stats. She went 11-12 from the field and 14-22 from the free-throw line. Erin Rice scored 12 and added six boards, while Kelby Fritz chipped in 11 points.
UAFS (3-0) had four score in double-figures led by 20 points from Whitney Lee. Lee added in eight rebounds, as well.
Southern went down 7-3 early, but the Lions fought back and took an 18-17 lead after a pair of freebies from Lovejoy. From that point on, however, UAFS went on a 17-4 run to end the half and go into the locker room 34-22.
Fort Smith led by 19 (57-38) with 10:33 left in the game and the lead was 13 (64-51) with four minutes to go when the Lions made their move. Southern went on a 19-8 run to end the game and even trailed by ten at the one minute mark. The Lions outscored UAFS 8-2 in the final 19 seconds and the two free throws from Fort Smith's Chelsea Sublett was the difference in the game.
The Lions shot 62 percent in the second half, but couldn't overcome a 29 percent showing in the first. They out rebounded UAFS 39-27 and out scored the Lady Lions 32-24 in the paint. UAFS forced 20 Southern turnovers and scored 36 points off the miscues.
The Lions will be back in action on November 22 when Southern plays host to Northeastern State at 7 pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.