The largest lead of the game was seven points which the Peru State women's basketball team had early in the fourth quarter. The 'Cats would still cling to a one-point lead with 90 seconds left in the contest at 64-63.
During the last 90 seconds, the Clarke Pride would outscore the Bobcats 5-0 to claim the 68-64 win.
With the win, Clarke improved to 11-6 on the season and 6-6 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Peru State fell to 2-14 on the year and 1-11 in conference play.
First Quarter Action
The Pride scored the first four points of the contest before Alyssa Marsh-Contreras (Bellevue) hit a bucket in the paint at the 8:09 mark. Maria Alcantara (Recife, Brazil) would follow with a trey off an assist from Giovanna Silva (Brazilia, Brazil) to give the 'Cats their first lead of the game.
Peru State would maintain its lead until the Pride tied it up at 12-12 with 1:21 to go. Clarke would go on to lead 15-13 at the end of the quarter.
Second Quarter Action
Clarke would lead for the first two and one-half minutes in the second quarter. Alcantara would hit a free throw to tie the game at 23-23 with 5:22 left in the half and then made the second to put Peru State on top.
Once again, the 'Cats led until late in the quarter only to see the Pride lead 31-28 at halftime.
Third Quarter Action
Silva hit a bucket off an assist from Brooke Maeda (Honolulu) to cut the deficit to one to start the third quarter. Marsh-Contreras hit a trey off an assist from Silva to put Peru State on top.
The quarter would see a pair of ties at 35-35 and 39-39 before Alcantara drained a trey to put the 'Cats on top with 3:42 to go.
Peru State would lead by as many as six with the latest coming at 49-43 after Marsh-Contreras made a pair of free throws. The Bobcats would hold a 51-48 lead at the end of the period.
Fourth Quarter Action
A pair of buckets by Marsh-Contreras would put the 'Cats up by seven at 55-48 with 9:31 left in the game.
The 'Cats would still lead by as many as six at 62-56 after Silva completed an old-fashioned three-point play with 4:17 left on the clock.
After that point, Peru State would have trouble scoring and the Pride would outscore the 'Cats 12-2 to go on for the 68-64 win.
Clarke made 23 of 63 field goals for 36.5 percent including hitting just one of eight from behind the arc for 12.5 percent. Peru State connected on 23 of 69 field goal tries for 33.3 percent while making 4 of 21 from long range for 19 percent. The Pride made 21 of 35 free throws for 60 percent while the Bobcats hit 14 of 20 for 70 percent.
The taller Pride held a slight rebounding edge at 43 to 37. Peru State did have a slight edge in assists dishing out 14 while Clarke had ten. The turnovers were nearly even as the Pride finished with 12 and Peru State had 11.
Clarke blocked five shots while the 'Cats blocked three. Peru State nabbed nine steals compared to four for the Pride.
Four Bobcats finished in double figures in scoring as Peru State was led by Alcantara who finished with 19. Cudney and Marsh-Contreras each had 17 while Silva added ten.
Silva finished with a double-double as she grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Cudney added eight with Alcantara grabbing six.
Silva dished out five assists while Alcantara handed out four. Both Maeda and Marsh-Contreras finished with two assists.
Silva also blocked two shots and led the team with three steals. Alcantara had one block. Cudney and Marsh-Contreras each added two steals.
Peru State will host Grand View (Iowa) Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Vikings are 7-10 overall and 5-6 in the Heart. They will be playing Baker (Kan.) in a make-up game due to the weather before coming to Peru.
On Saturday, the Bobcats will be back on the road when they will travel to #23 Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo. The Eagles are 11-6 on the year and are 7-4 in conference play. The game will begin at 2 p.m.