Jan. 8, 2011
Northwest tops Truman in double overtime
KIRKSVILLE, Mo.-Sophomore guard Ashley Thayer couldn't have expected to play 42 minutes Saturday. She had played just 48 minutes in conference play. With Shelly Martin back in Maryville due to illness, it was Thayer who hit the big three-pointers in the Bearcats' 73-72 double-overtime win against the Truman Bulldogs Saturday at Pershing Arena.
Thayer earned her second collegiate start and tied her career high with nine points in helping the Bearcats win their sixth game in a row. Northwest (10-2, 6-2 MIAA) is one game behind Emporia State and Washburn for first-place in the league standings.
Thayer's first three-pointer gave Northwest its first lead of the game, 23-20, in the first half and it helped the Bearcats erase an early 18-8 deficit. Northwest led 25-22 at halftime.
Gabby Curtis set up Thayer's second trey which tied the game at 62-62 with 40 seconds left in the first overtime. Gentry Dietz blocked Jennifer Conway's shot on the other end and Curtis' hail mary bounced away to force a second extra period. Truman held four separate three-point leads in the first overtime.
Nicole Gloor put the Bulldogs back in front with a 3 to begin the second overtime. Thayer answered the bell again to tie the game at 65.
Curtis hit a tough jumper in the lane to make it 72-70 Northwest with 38 seconds remaining. Truman couldn't convert on the other end and fouled Monai Douglass with 20 seconds left. Douglass made 1-of-2 free throws to extend the lead to three.
Truman (6-6, 4-4) set up a play for its best shooter, Breanna Daniels, to take the final shot. Dietz fought through a double screen to disrupt the play and forced Daniels to take a long two which she missed. Megan Sharpe rebounded and scored with 2.1 seconds left to reduce the lead to one. Northwest inbounded to Douglass who ran out the clock and sealed the win.
It was the third straight overtime game the two teams had played in Pershing Arena. Truman had won the previous two, but couldn't complete the trio despite placing all five starters in double figures, running down 27 offensive rebounds and taking 87 shots. Truman scored 31 second-chance points and held a 60-44 edge on the boards.
Dietz earned her first start of the season, scored a season-high 27 points, added 11 rebounds and blocked three shots in a total performance to lead the Bearcats. Curtis finished with 15 points, seven assists and five boards.
Thayer finished 3 of 7 from behind the arc. Her teammates combined to go 0 of 7. Martin had started 58 consecutive games for the Bearcats and is shooting 40 percent from behind the arc this season.
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