HANNIBAL — The Lady Owls suffered their third straight American Midwest Conference road loss in as many days after falling to the Lady Trojans on Saturday.
William Woods University ended the regular season at 4-11 both overall and in the AMC. Hannibal-LaGrange University — avenging a 60-55 overtime loss to the Lady Owls on Jan. 23 in Fulton — improved to 4-18 on the season and 3-13 in conference play.
William Woods owned a 29-24 advantage at halftime Saturday, but the Lady Trojans answered by outscoring the Lady Owls 22-8 in the third quarter to take a 46-37 lead.
William Woods was down by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter before rallying behind an 11-2 run to make it a three-point game. Freshman guard Natalie Thomas buried a 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to bring the Lady Owls within 55-52.
After Sophie Schooley connected on two free throws with :11 left to put Hannibal-LaGrange up by five points, William Woods junior guard Jheda Kennedy scored in the paint with :06 to go to make it 57-54.
Schooley, though, sealed the victory for the Lady Trojans by making two free throws with :05 to play.
Thomas was 8-of-14 from the field in delivering a game-high 19 points for the Lady Owls, who shot 48% (23-of-48) as a team but committed 22 turnovers. Kennedy provided 12 points.
Freshman guard Skylyr Leake collected a team-high six rebounds as William Woods and Hannibal-LaGrange ended up in a 25-all standoff on the boards. The Lady Owls outscored the Lady Trojans 32-12 in the paint, but their bench was outscored by Hannibal-LaGrange's reserves 26-8.
Schooley responded with 16 points to guide the Lady Trojans, who shot 46% (22-of-48) from the field. Emma Anderson contributed 14 points.
William Woods received the eighth seed for the opening round of the AMC championship and will turn around and host No. 9 Hannibal-LaGrange at 7 p.m. Monday at Anderson Arena.