Perhaps if Haskell Indian Nations University's women's basketball team was at full strength Friday, it could have eked out a double-overtime victory over Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Instead, the injured and sick Fightin' Indians were silenced after two extra periods when the Eagles prevailed, 74-70.
"We just clearly ran out of steam at the end without a couple of starters and role players out there," HINU coach Phil Homeratha said.
OWU's Kacey Inman's 24 points and Britney Kannady's 29 were too much for the depleted Indians (7-17) to overcome.
"They really played as hard as they could, we just didn't have enough in the end," Homeratha said.
Haskell was led by Mellissa Catron's 21 points and 10 rebounds. Lucita Yesslith and Recinda Adams each added 10 points.
Homeratha probably won't dwell on the loss, though.
Today, members of the Indians' 1998-99 women's basketball team will be honored during halftime of the Haskell-College of the Ozarks men's basketball game at 5 p.m. at Coffin Complex. The women's game will start at 3 p.m.
That team, coached by Homeratha, qualified for the NJCAA Division Two national tournament in Hagerstown, Md.
Oklahoma Wesleyan men 75, Haskell 64
Much like the HINU women, Haskell's men ran out of gas at the end.
"We've been in all of our conference games, we've just made so many critical mistakes at the worst moments," HINU coach Jamie Morrison said.
The Indians (2-14) cut the Eagles' lead to two, 61-59, with 6:04 to play on a three-point play by Topah Spoonhunter, who, with Chad Kaler, tied for the team lead with 13 points.
Former Lawrence High player Jamie Peterson, who graduated in 2002, suited up for the Eagles but did not play.