February 25, 2004
'Cats Come Back to Down Western in Overtime
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- With five seconds remaining, Jane Chalmers (Sr., Echuca, Australia) drained two free throws to give Northwest a 67-66 overtime win against Missouri Western Wednesday night at Bearcat Arena.
Sarah Vollertsen (Sr., Palmyra, Neb.) scored the first six points for the Bearcats, as Northwest jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before started Western started its comeback. Carly Lee scored five straight points for the Lady Griffons, including a three-point jumper to put Western in front 7-6 with 15:15 remaining.
The two teams battled and with the score tied 12-12, the Lady Griffons began to pull away. A 10-2 run put Western in front by eight, which matched their largest lead of the half. Northwest battled back, and a layup by Erica Hatterman (Sr., Lost Springs, Kan.) sent the 'Cats into halftime trailing by two.
The Lady Griffon defense came out strong in the second half, holding the Bearcats to just two points in the first five minutes. During that time, Missouri Western scored 11 points to extend their lead to 35-24. The 'Cats continued to struggle from the field, and with 11:12 remaining in the game, the Lady Griffons held a 12-point advantage.
However, the Bearcats would not go down on their home floor without a fight. They slowly began chipping away at the Western lead, using an 11-4 run, capped by a three-point field goal by Hatterman, to bring the 'Cats to within two. A free throw by Chalmers put the score at 51-50 with six minutes left to play.
Following two free throws by the Lady Griffons, Laura Friederich (Soph., Overland Park, Kan.) nailed a three-point jumper to tie the game at 53-53 with 5:53 to play. The two teams tightenend up their defenses, and neither team led by more than three the rest of regulation. A free throw by Chalmers with 1:42 seconds left put Northwest up by three, but Western's Lee proved clutch, draining a three-point field goal with 47 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
In the extra frame, the 'Cats struggled from the field, making only one basket, which came from Katie Scherer (Sr., Centerview, Mo.) a minute and a half into overtime. Thanks to free throws, Northwest held the lead for much of the extra period. A jumper by Western's Nicole Garner gave the Lady Griffons their only lead of overtime, 66-65, with 37 second left.
Following a Bearcat time out, Lee missed two free throws, opening the door for a dramatic finish. With five seconds remaining, Jane Chalmers was fouled going hard to the basket. In her final home game, the Echuca, Australia, native stepped to the line and hit both free throws to give the 'Cats the 67-66 victory.
Hatterman led the 'Cats with 17 points, while Friederich added 12. Vollertsen notched her sixth double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and pulling down 13 boards. Vollertsen also notched five blocked shots, which gives her 43 on the season and makes her the all-time leader for most blocked shots in a season.
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