No. 22 Belmont women rally to win OVC in OT, make NCAA

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No. 22 Belmont women rally to win OVC in OT, make NCAA
Belmont's Kylee Smith (23) passes the ball around UT Martin's Kendall Spray (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Evansville, Ind. (AP Photo/Daniel R. Patmore)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Julie McCabe had 19 points and 10 rebounds and No. 22 Belmont hit two 3-pointers in the last 15 seconds of regulation before pulling away in overtime to beat Tennessee-Martin 63-56 on Saturday to win the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and became the first team to qualify for the NCAA Women’s Tournament.

Belmont (31-3) never led in the second half but stayed alive by getting 3-pointers from Maura Muensterman with 14.6 seconds to go and Darby Maggard at 4.5 seconds. The Bruins even got the final possession after forcing a five-second count on the inbound but didn’t get off a last shot.

Kylee Smith and Maggard both scored 15 points as the Bruins ran their winning streak to a school record 22 games. They’ve beaten OVC opponents 46 straight. McCabe also had four blocks to tie the school career record of 287.

Smith opened overtime with a layup and McCabe followed with a pair of free throws. Following a UT Martin bucket, McCabe made a tough left-handed hook before Mcggard’s 3 iced it.

Janekia Mason had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the second-seeded Skyhawks (19-14), who missed their last three shots in regulation and first five in overtime.