MOBILE, ALA. -- Antoinette Lewis converted a layup with four seconds remaining to lift South Alabama past Furman, 54-53, in Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) quarterfinal round action Monday evening at the Mitchell Center.
The win sends the Jaguars (21-12) into the tournament semifinals while the Paladins (18-14) had their season end with the loss.
Furman trailed 49-46 with just over two minutes to before Le'Jzae Davidson bottomed a 3-pointer to tie the game and start a 7-0 run that saw Celena Taborn give the Paladins a 53-49 lead with a pair of baskets — the last one coming with 51 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing possession Chyna Ellis found the mark on a 3-pointer to pull South Alabama to within 53-52. Fouled on the shot, she missed the free throw, but all Furman could manage on its next trip down the floor was a desperation 3-pointer as the possession clock expired with 11 seconds to go. After a Paladin foul, the Jaguars got the ball into the hands of Lewis on the left wing, and she drove past two Paladin defenders for the game winning uncontested layup.
Furman turned the ball over on an inbounds play under the basket as time expired.
The Paladins fought back from a 36-28 third period deficit to trail 38-37 following a Cierra Carter 3-point quarter ending shot.
Taborn led all scorers with 18 points, making 9-of-15 shots. Carter tallied 13 points in her final game in a Paladin uniform to finish with 1,383 points, good for 10th all-time at Furman, and Davidson had 11 points on just 4-of-19 shooting.
Ellis led South Alabama with 17 points on the strength of 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
Furman posted a 44-38 edge in rebounding led by DeAnneisha Jackson's career high 15 caroms.