Waukesha, WI -- It took two overtimes, but the Beloit College Women's Basketball team snapped a long drought, defeating Carroll University 80-79 Tuesday night for their first win in nearly a month.
Tegan Rock made a layup, her only basket of the game, with 29 seconds remaining and Beloit made the narrow lead stand up for the victory.
Carroll closed the opening quarter with six unanswered points to lead 17-11. They maintained that advantage through most of the second period before the Bucs went to halftime on a 7-1 run to pull within 33-32 at the break.
The Pioneers controlled the third quarter, using a 10-2 run out of the lockerroom to head to the fourth period ahead 51-44. The Buccaneers again fought back, opening the final period with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 53 with 6:45 left in regulation. Beloit held a 62-60 lead with 18 seconds left after a pair of Lana Wieseman free throws but a Carroll layup with seven seconds remaining forced overtime, tied at 62-62.
The game stayed close thru the first overtime, with Shelby Kline giving the Bucs a 72-69 lead with nine seconds remaining after two free throws. A CU three-pointer with two seconds left forced the second extra period, tied at 72.
Beloit jumped on top by four in overtime #2 on layups by Mykenzie Larsen and Kline. But Carroll came back and held a 79-78 lead with 1:20 remaining. After empty possessions by both teams Rock hit what-proved-to-be the game-winning shot at the 29-second mark and the Bucs held strong for the remaining time.
The Buccaneers finished at 55.9% (33-59) for the game, including 57.1% (8-14) in the overtime periods. Carroll shot 43.3% (29-67) for the game. The shooting difference helped Beloit overcome 33 turnovers.
Wieseman led the way with 25 points while Laura Panicali had 21 with nine rebounds and Shelby Kline 11 with a career-best six assists. Nora Polaski grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Bucs look to maintain their momentum after a bye weekend when they host Illinois College on Wednesday, February 3, in Flood Arena. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m.