WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Dixie State College chipped away a five-point deficit with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, forced overtime and defeated Western Washington University 68-64 in the final game Friday at the third annual Great Western Shootout women's basketball tournament at the Doolittle Community Center.
Dixie State, which evened its record at 5-5, had three players score in double figures. Guard Jessie Ingraham and reserve Deney Phommabout each had 15 points, and forward Tanya Clark, who also was an all-tournament pick, added 14 points.
The Vikings, who fell to 7-3, got a career-high 27 points from guard Amanda Dunbar. Dunbar, who was named the tournament MVP, scored 20 points after halftime. She finished 11-of-26 from the floor. Western was without forward and leading scorer Jessica Summers, who suffered a broken thumb in a victory over Quincy on Thursday.
After overcoming a 26-16 halftime deficit, Western had a 54-49 lead with 2:30 to go in regulation. Dixie State pulled to within one, 54-53, with 19 seconds left on baskets by Ingraham and Clark.
Willow Cabe made two free throws at 0:14 for a 56-53 Western lead, only to have Courtney Boyd tie the score at 56-all on a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc with seconds left.