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Boykin FT lifts Lions over Pacers

December 14, 2016 GMT

PAINE 64, USCA women 63

The final margin of victory was decided by one free throw attempt, but the story of game was decided by several.

Paine’s Tierra Boykin made a free throw with 8.5 seconds to cap a 3-point play and give the Lions the lead. Rocky Aupont’s shot at the buzzer was off the mark, and Paine escaped the Convocation Center with a 64-63 victory Tuesday night.

The Pacers (4-4) had a chance to stretch their lead to four points seconds earlier with a pair of free throws of their own but missed both. It was a theme for the night. The Pacers went 16-for-30 from the free-throw line a game after shooting nearly 80 percent. Meanwhile, Paine knocked down 80 percent of its free throws in the fourth quarter and nearly 70 percent for the game.

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“Free-throw shooting is one of those brain games,” USCA head coach Mark Miller said. “... We’ve just got to be able to make them come crunch time, and we had too many misses.”

The Pacers’ other issue on the night was ball control. USCA utilized a strong finish to the first half and start to the second to build a 16-point lead, but a stretch of turnovers and empty offensive possessions allowed the Lions to creep back into the game.

“We had too many major categories where we got outworked – second-chance points, them from the free-throw line, and us not shooting free throws well,” said Miller. “We had chances; we just didn’t play very well down the stretch at key times. And you can’t turn the ball over 23 times.”

The Pacers were able to control the paint. Without Jasmine Carter, Miller was looking for others step up, and he got that from a pair of freshmen. Kwajelin Farrar led the team with a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Emily Waters added 11 points and nine rebounds. The two were part of the run that helped USCA pad its lead, but midway through the third quarter the Pacers hit a bump in the road.

“They’re learning. They are good kids who really, really work hard, and they’re going to be really good college players,” Miller said.

Boykin led the Lions with 16 points, but she had plenty of help from Aalyiha Wright and Chasity Mullins, who both scored in double figures as well. Wright scored 14 points and made all six of her free throw attempts. Wright also grabbed 11 rebounds. Mullins scored 10 points.

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