Virginia State was able to cut the lead to just three points and ended the half down, 33-30.
Both teams had issues with protecting the basketball, but Livingstone was more successful in converting Virginia State’s turnovers to points on the scoreboard. The Lady Blue Bears scored 25 points off turnovers while VSU scored 19 points.
The Lady Blue Bears controlled much of the second half, but the Lady Trojans played a very close game. VSU tied the game twice with less than four minutes left in regulation, and took the lead.
Kelycn Manurs paced the Lady Blue Bears late in the game and made eight of the 10 points the Lady Blue Bears needed to take the game into overtime. Manurs finished with 14 points.
In overtime, the Lady Blue Bears outscored the Lady Trojans 11-7 and took the victory.
The Lady Blue Bears return to action Monday, January 14 as they face Chowan University in a CIAA crossover competition. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m.