Freshman guard Tia Karras (Bellbrook/Miami Valley) hit a lay-in that gave Ohio Wesleyan a 62-59 lead with 1:15 left in regulation time, but Oberlin scored the final 7 points of the game to take a 66-62 North Coast Athletic Conference win over the Bishops on Saturday in Oberlin.
Karras had buried a 3-pointer to put the Bishops ahead, 54-52, with 6:02 left in the game, and Ohio Wesleyan would hold the lead until the final minute of play.
Olivia Canning sank a lay-in to bring the Yeowomen within 62-61 with :55 left, and on Ohio Wesleyan’s ensuing possession, Oberlin’s Alex Stipano stole the ball from junior guard Erin Delaney (Toledo/Notre Dame Academy), setting up a lay-in by Alex Andrews that put the Yeowomen in front, 63-62, with :23 to go.
Delaney had a look at a 3-pointer for the lead, but her shot was off the mark, and Oberlin’s Tyler Parlor got the rebound and was fouled. Parlor hit the second of 2 free throws, giving the ball back to the Bishops with :13 to play.
Sophomore guard Claire Sterling (West Jefferson) drove for a game-tying lay-in, but the shot did not fall, and Parlor controlled the rebound, was fouled, and hit both free throws for the 66-62 final.
Neither team led by more than 5 points, with the Bishops taking a 28-23 lead midway through the second quarter and Oberlin opening up a 45-40 advantage late in the third quarter.
Karras wiped out that 5-point deficit with a 3-pointer and a jumper to knot the game at 45 heading into the fourth quarter and the nailbiting final few minutes.
Karras, making her first appearance of the season after missing the first 5 games, led the Bishops with 18 points. Sophomore post Elea Karras (Bellbrook/Miami Valley) followed with 13 points and sophomore guard Nicole Popovich (Rocky River) had 12 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. Elea Karras and freshman guard Morgan King (Xenia/Dayton Carroll) shared the team lead with 3 assists apiece.
Canning led Oberlin with 19 points.
Sterling finished the game with five points, six rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes of action for the Bishops.
OWU Sports Information contributed to this report.