In its final home game of the season, Haskell Indian Nations University's women's basketball squad eked out an overtime victory over Peru State.
Haskell's overtime free throws helped the Fightin' Indians pull away from Peru State to win, 77-73.
Indians coach Phil Homeratha said the victory was welcome after his team lost by 21 to Peru earlier this season.
"I guess home court must make a difference," Homeratha said.
Haskell was saved by two players coming off the bench who combined for 37 points --Samantha Pete and Maria Stevens.
Haskell was helped out defensively by plucking 21 steals from Peru State. Stevens led the way with five.
Homeratha said he was proud of how his team finished the season, and the Indians showed promise for next year. Haskell will not lose anyone from its starting lineup.
"They have really shown some maturity in knowing how to play. We've had so many close games that we were losing and the second semester we really turned it around," Homeratha said. "I can't be more happy for them than right now."
Haskell men 105,
Peru State 98, OT
Haskell's men's basketball squad defeated Peru State in overtime, securing its fourth victory in its last five games.
Brandon Yellowbird-Stevens led Haskell with 27 points as the Fightin' Indians maintained a three-possession lead for most of the overtime period.
The Indians overcame 43 points from Peru State's Myron Jenkins.
Haskell has a chance to play in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament if it can hold its fourth-place position.
Haskell will play Friday at No. 15 Bellevue.