Winthrop University

Late 4-point play helps Winthrop women to first Division I win of 2017-18

Noel Kellers’ four-point play with 20 seconds left helped Winthrop women’s basketball into overtime Tuesday night against Longwood. In the extra period, the Eagles dominated, winning their first Big South Conference game of the season 69-60.

The win was also Winthrop’s first Division I victory of the season, and first under head coach Lynette Woodard. The Eagles (2-18, 1-8 Big South) made seven free throws in the final 46 seconds of overtime to clinch the win.

Winthrop trailed by as much as eight with 8:47 remaining in the fourth quarter and then went on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 49-49 with 4:30 left in regulation. Longwood went back up by four before Kellers hit her four-point play.

The shorthanded Eagles, again hit hard by injury, got a double-double from Ronata Rogers. Her 17 points and 14 rebounds led the way, and Anika Riley also contributed a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards. Emily Kelley added 11 and Kellers finished with 10, none more important than the final four of regulation.

Longwood’s coaching staff included former Winthrop men’s basketball player Antwon Harris, who went to the NCAA Tournament with two Winthrop teams roughly 10 years ago.