UCCS Buzzer Beater Answered by Lopers as Mountain Lions Fall in Overtime
Lea Ann Jameson hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give Nebraska-Kearney a 78-76 overtime victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Friday evening at the Health & Sports Center.
Seven years and five days ago, it was UCCS' Janine Ota who drilled a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Mountain Lions a 68-66 win. At the time, it was only the second time ever that Nebraska-Kearney had lost a home game to a RMAC school. The Lopers had been 91-1 up until that point.
Friday's game carried no such legacy-making streaks but it was dramatic nonetheless. In fact, Jameson's overtime heroics would have been unnecessary had it not been for a buzzer-beater by Lauren Wolfinger at the end of regulation that tied the game at 68.
A layup by UCCS' Jessica Brown with 58 seconds left gave the Mountain Lions a 76-74 lead. Megan Becker, who led all scorers with 27 points, made one of her two free throw attempts with 39 seconds left to cut the gap to one. UCCS ran off the entire shot clock, but Ashley Miller's jumper missed and the Lopers' Vanessa Leeper, who had a game-high 10 rebounds, grabbed the carom.
Jameson's clutch shot improved UNK's record to 9-7 overall and 8-4 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.
Miller led the Mountain Lions (6-10, 5-7 RMAC) with 13 points, while Wolfinger and Jeri Pikul added 12 each. Brown and her twin sister, Danielle Brown, each scored nine and Sammi Gentile had eight. Jessica Borwn had a game-high seven assists and Kallie Jiblits led UCCS with seven rebounds.
Nebraska-Kearney responded to UCCS' balance with star power. Becker's big game came efficiently on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and 9 of 10 from the line. She was also second to Leeper with eight rebounds. Debi Johnson added 21 points and Leeper added 17.
Gentile scored the Mountain Lions' first six points of the second half before a Pikul 3-pointer gave UCCS its largest lead of the game at 43-33 with 16:50 remaining. The Lopers answered with a 16-6 run, eight of which were score by Leeper, which tied it at 49 with 9:08 left.
It was still tied with 2:11 remaining when UNK scored on consecutive possessions, the first by Becker and the second by Johnson, to go up 63-59. Pikul scored on UCCS' next two trips down the floor but was answered each time, the first by Becker and the second by Leeper's two free throws, to make it 67-63 with just 22 seconds left.
Miller nailed a 3-pointer six seconds later to cut the gap to one. After a quick foul, Leeper made one of her two free throw attempts to make it 68-66 with seven ticks remaining. Wolfinger, however, sent the game into overtime with her buzzer-beater.
That went for naught as Jameson did her one better at the end of overtime.
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