The University of Illinois Springfield outscored Maryville 17-4 over the final 6 minutes 20 seconds of play on Thursday as the Prairie Stars rallied for a 59-57 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory.
UIS, 8-12 overall and 2-10 in the GLVC, trailed the Saints 31-16 at halftime and 49-36 through three quarters. Maryville (9-10 and 3-9) still led 53-42 with 6:20 left.
But the Stars’ Meredith Marti hit two straight 3-pointers to pull UIS within 56-55 with 1:16 to go. Maryville regained the lead with :53 left, but Ashley McHenry’s layup made it 58-57 UIS with :36 remaining.
McHenry later made 1 of 2 free throws for a two-point lead with :23 left, and Maryville’s
Stephanie Sherwood missed a jumper that was rebounded by the Stars’ Syerra Cunningham as time ran out.
Cunningham finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots while Marti hit 4 of 8 3-point attempts and finished with 14 points.
The win was reported by The State Journal-Register on February 5, 2016.
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