The Urbana University women’s basketball team opened up regular season action at home against Tiffin University on Wednesday night with a last-second 77-75 loss.
Five players made their Blue Knight debuts, which included Bailey Draughn, Sa’Dera Johnson, Kami McEldowney, Sydney Moore and Nikki Current.
At the half, UU was down, 36-29. Freshman McEldowney led the team with 10 points and Megan Beachy had a team high of three assists.
With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Beachy hit a three to give UU the lead, 62-61. Then, with eight seconds left, McEldowney canned a layup to tie the game, 75-75.
Tiffin’s Ali Schirmer had the game-winning layup with two seconds left on the clock.
The Blue Knights had a total of 50 bench points while the dragons had 34. Tiffin had 29 fast-break points and UU had 16.
UU had four players who hit double digits in scoring: Sylvia Hudson (16), McEldowney (12), Beachy (12) and Taj Thompson (11).
For Tiffin, Aarion Nichols had a team-high 16 points.
The Blue Knights will start conference play this weekend when they play at UVa-Wise on Saturday at 2 p.m.