Brianne Collins hit a three-pointer with five seconds left to help Dillard edge Rust College, 77-76, at Xavier Women’s Classic Thanksgiving Day.
Collins’ teammate Jasmine Bradley then stole the ball from Kala Williams and ran out the clock to seal the victory.
The Lady Bearcats (2-4) had been up 75-71 with 41seconds remaining.
Britney Smith then hit a free throw for the Bleu Devils (1-2), while Ariel Mitchell made a short jumper to cut the deficit to 75-74.
Rust’s Whitney McNeal was fouled and hit a free throw, but, crucially, missed the second one, providing the margin of victory for Collins’ trey.
Mitchell led Dillard with 14 points, while Jazzmin Smith added 13 points and Lauren Daniel had 10 points.
Rust, led by Williams’ game-high 18 points, shot 50 percent from the floor. Jessica Brown put in 17 points and Al’Lisha Hudson added 13 points.
Dillard fared worse from the floor at just 34.7 percent. However, the Bleu Devils hit 23 of 36 attempts from the free-throw line, while the Lady Bearcats had just 10 makes from the charity stripe.
Dillard will take on Langston Friday at 2 p.m. in the second day of the Xavier Classic.
Rust will face Mobile (Ala.) at noon.
Langston 59, Xavier (La.) 44
Ayanna Jackson, Kimberly Jones, Shontrice Simmons and Tayla Vaugh combined to outscore the Gold Nuggets (4-3) by themselves.
Jackson led all scorers with 16 points. Jones ripped down a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Simmons also added 12 points and Vaughn had 10 points.
XULA, meanwhile, had no players in double figures. SiMon Franklin led the Gold Nuggets with eight points, while Jessica Savannah added seven points.
Langston will continue the Xavier Classic Friday at 2 p.m., while the Gold Nuggets finish out the event with a 6 p.m. game against Holy Names, which defeated Texas College Thursday, 63-59.
Holy Names 63, Texas College 59
Britni Ronolo and the Lady Hawks (4-8) needed three offensive rebounds, but Ronolo finally put the ball back in and then hit the ensuing foul to complete a three-point play that broke a late tie and helped defeat the Lady Steers.
Texas College’s Myesha Carrington missed two free throws and a field goal in the waning seconds.
Ronolo finished with a game-high 21 points, while Souljah Evans added 13 points.
Adrienne Davis led Texas College with 13 points. Sekeya Roberson put in 11 points and Shirley McGowen added 10 points in the loss.
Texas College will face Tuskegee Friday at 2 p.m.
Holy Names will take on host Xavier (La.) at 6 p.m.