Samford coach Mike Morris instructs his team as UTC loses to Samford 68-66 in overtime during the semifinals of the Southern Conference Championships at McKenzie Arena on Sunday. On Monday Samford defeated Appalachian State and are headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time.Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Samford’s women’s basketball team is heading to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
Samford guard Paige Anderson buried a 3-pointer with 18 seconds to go that lifted the Bulldogs to an 57-54 win over Appalachian State in McKenzie Arena on Monday.
After Anderson’s bucket, which gave Samford its first lead of the second half, ASU forward Ashlen Dewart missed two free throws with 4.1 seconds to play that could have tied or given ASU the lead.
Then Samford guard Shelby Campbell hit two free throws for the final margin.
Anderson led Samford (25-7) with 14 points, Savannah Hill scored 13 and Emily London had 12.
Dewart led the Mountaineers (25-6) with 13 points and Courtney Freeman scored 12 points.
See Tuesday’s Times Free Press for more coverage.
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...