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LIU Post's Alexis Peters steals inbounds pass, hits winning shot in final 1.1 seconds

LIU Post teammates swarm Alexis Peters after she

LIU Post teammates swarm Alexis Peters after she hit a game-winning buzzer-beater in an NCAA Tournament opener against Assumption on March 14, 2014. Credit: LIU Post Athletics / SportsPix

LIU Post senior guard Alexis Peters had one thing on her mind after stealing an inbounds pass with 1.1 seconds left and her team trailing by one point Friday in an NCAA Division II regional quarterfinal: Hit the shot.

Peters did just that, sinking a runner as time expired to push the third-seeded Pioneers past No. 6 Assumption, 60-59, at Dana Athletic Center in Waltham, Mass.

Post (23-6), which overcame a 13-point second-half deficit, will play No. 2 Adelphi in a semifinal Saturday at 5 p.m.

"I was thinking please just go in," said Peters, who had 21 points.

It is Post's fourth straight NCAA appearance and sixth overall and the first tournament win for the program since beating Florida International, 78-50, on March 11, 1983.

"It was so unbelievable," Post coach Deidre Moore said. "We trailed almost the entire game."

Moore lauded her team's defensive effort, which was highlighted by Peters' final play.

Trailing 59-58 with 1.1 seconds left, the Pioneers didn't guard the inbounds passer. The strategy paid off as Peters, who had her back to the inbounds passer, turned around the instant the ball was put in play and made the steal.

"I knew she wasn't paying attention to me," said Peters, who also scored the 1,000th point of her career.

Chelsea Williams had 23 points, including the 1,000th of her career, and Nijah LaCourt chipped in eight points for the Pioneers.

Shannon Ray and Tefanie Roye each had 11 points for Assumption (18-11).

Adelphi 92, New Haven 86: Jessica Kitrys scored six of her team-high 28 points in overtime for No. 2 Adelphi (23-7) in the other quarterfinal. Cali Balfour had 25 points and 13 rebounds.

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