FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Yvonte Neal scored 36 points, including the winning field goal and two clinching free throws in the final 20 seconds, and Oklahoma City University beat Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 80-76 on Tuesday night for its seventh NAIA championship.
Tournament MVP Kayla MacKenzie added 21 points for Oklahoma City. She went 5-for-9 from 3-point range.
The Stars (27-4) led 61-47 midway through the second half before Freed-Hardeman (36-2) rallied to take a 70-69 lead with two minutes remaining. Neal had a three-point play with 1:39 left and the go-ahead basket with 18 seconds to go.
Brittany Montgomery and Taleeah Cross each scored 21 points for Freed-Hardeman, which made its first title-game appearance. Hayley Newby had 14 points and eight rebounds, but her potential tying shot in the final 10 seconds was off.
Neal went on to clinch the win for OCU at the foul line.