Dubuque, Iowa – The Robert Morris Women’s Basketball team won its fourth game in a row with a 79-74 overtime defeat of Clarke University (Iowa) on Thursday, November 29th. The Eagles raised their record to 7-3 with the victory.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with nine lead changes and five ties in the half. The Eagles took a two-point lead with 4:07 left in the period on a Uniqua Hampton bucket and RMU went on to build a 30-24 half-time led.
Clarke regained the lead at 35-34 with 16:44 left to play but the Eagles responded with a 6-0 run to jump back ahead and led by as many as seven points with 12:39 to go in the game. Clarke would not go away quietly and once again retook the lead at 50-49 with 8:16 left and opened up a 60-54 lead with only 4:48 to go.
However, RMU battled back and Uniqua Hampton put the Eagles up 63-62 with 2:19 remaining. The Eagles found themselves leading 68-66 with only 19 seconds remaining and Celeste Jones was fouled and sent to the line. Jones hit the front end of her two shots but missed the second to put the Eagles up 69-66 but Clarke’s Savannah Shepler kept the game alive as she hit a three-pointer with six seconds left to send the game to overtime.
In overtime, the Eagles took control of the game as Uniqua Hampton scored five points and Celeste Jones added four points in the extra period to vault the Eagles to a 79-74 victory.
Hampton led the Eagles with 18 points and nine rebounds while Jones chipped in with 17 points. Yolanda De La Torre added 13 points, Danisha Cole scored 12 points, and Nicole Brown added nine points off of the bench in the win.
The Eagles take on Indiana University Northwest on Saturday, December 1st in Gary, Indiana. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 P.M. on the campus of Indiana University Northwest.