Salina Haskell Indian Nations University overcame a 13-point first-half deficit, but failed to convert on a three-point attempt with two seconds left Wednesday in a 74-72 loss to Kansas Wesleyan in its women's basketball season opener.
The Indians trailed by 13 points early, but went ahead by seven points in the second half.
"For us to come back the way we did, it was a pretty good effort," Haskell coach Phil Homeratha said. "I feel pretty good about it. If we didn't have such a slow start, we win by 10 or 12 points."
Amber Tecumseh, who led the Indians with 11 points, missed a three-pointer that rimmed out of the basket in the closing seconds.
"We had a chance to win," Homeratha said.
Haskell was plagued by 30 turnovers, but outrebounded Kansas Wesleyan, 48-34.
Pat Victor added 10 points and seven rebounds, and Tecumseh, Whitney Warrior and Sam Pete had six rebounds each. Eleven players scored for the Indians.
Haskell (0-1) will entertain Bacone College of Muskogee, Okla. on Saturday at Coffin Complex. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m.