By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
It was one of those shots that really only Lucy Cramsey could make.
The Quincy University women's basketball team's junior guard drove to the left side of the basket, but when help defense slid over, she elevated and spun a reverse layup with her right hand -- her off hand -- high off the glass and in.
The shot with 9 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the second half gave the Lady Hawks a spark of momentum and came as part of an 8-2 run for QU. That helped the Lady Hawks hold off Southern Indiana 65-62 on Saturday at Pepsi Arena and remain undefeated in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.
Cramsey has been making flashy plays since her high school days at Liberty, but said she had to sideline those moves as a freshman at QU.
"I haven't practiced it in a while, because when I played for JD (Gravina) my freshman year, he yelled at me all the time for doing it," said Cramsey, who recorded her third straight double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. "So I actually stopped doing it for a while. I think it was just that habit or that nature when she came over top of me to go under.
"It's been in retirement, and I'm bringing it back."
Jeni Garber, in her second year as QU's coach, is willing to give Cramsey a little leeway to make some highlight-reel moves -- especially when they work.
"That's one of the shots where I'm saying, ‘No, no, no. Yes! Great move,'" Garber said. "That kind of got her energized, which always helps. It got the crowd energized, which helps. ... It was a little pick-me-up."
QU's win, coupled with Missouri S&T's 74-71 loss to Indianapolis on Saturday, puts the Lady Hawks (6-6, 4-0) in sole possession of first place in the GLVC's West Division. The Lady Hawks, who have won five straight, are 4-0 to start league play for the first time since 2004-05.
USI (11-1, 3-1) went on a 7-0 run and tied the game at 42 on Libby Ogden's free throw with 12:08 to play. QU's Maggie Cunningham drained a 3-pointer seven seconds later, and the Lady Hawks never relinquished the lead.
The Screaming Eagles had three chances to either win or force overtime.
With QU up 63-62, USI's Taylor Stevenson missed an open 3-point attempt with 22 seconds remaining. Felisha Loggins, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds, then split a pair of free throws to put QU ahead by two.
Stephanie Carpenter's 3-pointer with five seconds left wouldn't fall for USI, and after Cramsey made a free throw to put QU ahead by three, USI's Ariel Barnes had a final attempt from several feet beyond the arc at the buzzer, but it missed off the rim.
"I knew it was going to be a tough matchup, but thank God we pulled it out," Garber said. "Good shooters are going to get open, and they executed their stuff really well and were able to screen us off."
Carpenter led USI with 18 points. QU 6-foot-4 center Hannah Weedman led all players with 21 points, as she battled with USI's 6-1 Anna Hackert.
Hackert, the reigning GLVC Player of the Week, had 14 points and eight rebounds but sat out for about a nine-minute stretch in the second half as she was saddled with four fouls.
"I like playing against bigger girls," Weedman said. "I like the challenge."
Cramsey missed the 2010-11 season with a torn ACL in her right knee. She was hobbled by that knee late in the game and told Garber she felt her knee pop. Cramsey headed to the bench for a minute but returned to action about a minute later.
"It's good. It just scared me more than anything," Cramsey said.
The Lady Hawks are left to hope the scare is nothing serious, especially after the moves Cramsey pulled off in crunch time Saturday.
"Crazy," Weedman said of Cramsey's reverse layup that sparked QU. "The style that she plays, it just pumps everyone up."