Needing one final stop to hold on overtime, Dublin (6-4) continued its strong defensive play and forced a turnover to prevent Millsap from attempting a potential game-tying three-point shot in the closing seconds.
The Lady Lions held on for a 46-43 win in what Dublin head coach Randy Parks says was his team’s best defensive performance of the season.
“(Millsap) wanted to run and we never let them. They had to use 30-40 seconds each possession to try and get a good look at the basket and that’s not their style,” Parks said.
Keying the defense was Cayla Beck, who held the Millsap point guard to only 12 points after she entered the contest averaging 20 per game.
Dublin squandered a six-point lead in the final minutes of regulation, but led most of the way through overtime.
Each time Dublin moved ahead by two possessions, Millsap would score to pull within a shot of evening the score or stealing the lead.
“We hit just enough free throws down the stretch to hold on,” said Parks.
Millsap’s final possession came with 11 seconds remaining, but the Bulldogs never got a look at the deep three they needed to force a second overtime.
Dublin was paced by Bethanie Young with 13 points, five rebounds and three steals, and Wakely Brown with 12 points.
Kim Spivey scored eight points and grabbed eight boards for the Lady Lions, while Kim Ramos scored seven and Beck tallied five.