Buzzer-beater gives USD women 53-51 win Senior point guard Kelly Gese drove the length of the floor and hit a driving lay-up with 1.7 seconds to play as South Dakota women's basketball team (10-10, 5-8 in the NCC) defeated Northern Colorado (9-12, 4-9 in the NCC) in North Central Conference basketball at Greeley, CO, on Feb. 3.
"Kelly had a big-time weekend and she deserves to have some good things happen to her in her career," said South Dakota head basketball coach Chad Lavin. "Without a doubt we were really tired. But Amanda Iverson and Gese really got something going. To hold this team down defensively is a great effort. Our players really worked hard and earned this victory."
The win was important as it puts the Coyotes in position to grab one of the seven spots for the NCC postseason tournament.
Gese had 18 points for the second straight night and also had six assists, six rebounds and a blocked shot.
The first half went back and forth as neither team was able to muster more than a 4-point lead. Early on, it was a Gese vs. Missy Borell show. Gese scored the Coyotes' first 8 points and Borell had 5 of the Bears' 8 points as both teams fought to a 8-8 tie.
The Coyotes grabbed their first lead of the game when freshman Krista Orsack hit a 3-point basket. Then Gese scored on a jumper as the Coyotes grabbed their largest first half lead at 16-12. The Bears answered with a 3-point basket by Lisa Gangel.
A lay-up by Iverson moved the lead to 18-15 before the Bears ended the half on a 9-4 run to grab a 24-22 halftime lead.
While both teams had more success on the offensive end in the second 20-minutes, the game remained close with neither squad gaining more than a 5-point advantage. With the score deadlocked at 51-51, Gese took the ball and made the biggest shot of her career at South Dakota.
South Dakota hit just nine of 26 field goals for 34.6 percent and were just one of eight from 3-point range. The Coyotes hit three of four free throws. Gese had 12 of the Coyotes' 22 points in the opening half.
The Bears hit nine of 24 field goals for 37.5 percent. They hit three of five 3-point baskets for 60 percent and also hit three of four free throws. Northern Colorado won the rebound battle, 19-14.
Overall the Coyotes hit 19 of 52 field goals for 36.5 percent but were just two of 13 3-point field goals for 15.4 percent. The Coyotes converted 13 of 20 free throws. Iverson had another solid game for the Coyotes with 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds. She hit four of six field goals and five of eight free throws. Julie Frie added 7 points and Orsack contributed 6.
The Bears hit 18 of 50 field goals for 36 percent including four of 11 3-point field goals. The Bears hit 11 of 16 free throws. They won the rebound battle, 37-34. Jill Fadenrecht had 12 points to lead the Bears. Borell added 11 points and seven rebounds.