Jamie Gunter pulled out the last second heroics for the Tigers and nailed a layup with 0.6 seconds remaining after forcing a Lady Statesmen turnover.
Delta State (15-8, 10-5 GSC) and West Alabama (11-12, 6-9 GSC) went back and forth jostling for the lead the entire night with neither team seeing a lead greater than five points. The contest produced a total of 12 ties and 21 lead changes.
Chadisty Hickman sparked the Green-and-White offensively in the first half of play posting 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Seneca Walton added eight points and Rhandi Ball contributed six.
Nikkia Jordan paced the Tigers offense 13 points in the first half on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor and 3-of-3 from behind the arc to give UWA the 35-34 lead going into the locker room.
Neither team found an offensive rhythm half way into the second half by part of each team forcing turnovers. The Lady Statesmen forced 16 Tiger turnovers but West Alabama held the deciding edge forcing 18 DSU turnovers and gathering 14 points off of the untimely mishaps.
Walton finished the night leading the Green-and-White with 17 points and five rebounds while Hickman tied her career-high with 13 points. Ball contributed eight points and eight rebounds.
Jordan posted 24 points to finish the night with Brittany Weathers racking up 13 points. Synthea Reed posted a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Tigers.
Heading into Thursday’s game, the Lady Statesmen entered the first NCAA Division II South Region Poll in the No. 5 position. Florida Tech was No. 1, followed by Nova Southeastern (No. 2), Tuskegee (No. 3) and North Alabama (No. 4). Lynn was No. 6, followed by Valdosta State (No. 7), Rollins (No. 8), West Georgia (No. 9) and Eckerd (No. 10).
The Lady Statesmen will return to action on Saturday as they travel to Carrolton, Ga. against the University of West Georgia inside The Coliseum with tip slated for 1:00 p.m.