Monmouth, IL -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team got the last basket of regulation to tie it up and then took charge in overtime for a 93-87 win at Monmouth College Saturday.
Laura Panicali scored with 10 seconds left to force the extra period and then scored nine of the team's 17 overtime points as the Bucs pulled away for the win.
Monmouth had the advantage in the first quarter, going on a 12-2 run to build a 10-point lead before settling for a 16-10 score after one. An 8-2 MC run in the second quarter gave them a 12-point lead but the Buccaneers closed the half on an 11-5 run to bring it back to a six-point deficit, 37-31, at the break.
A 12-6 run by Beloit out of the lockerroom tied the game at 43-all midway through the third quarter but MC out-scored the Bucs 10-6 the rest of the quarter to take a 53-49 lead into the fourth. A 12-7 spurt in the fourth period, capped by Madison Lombard's three-pointer, gave the Buccaneers a 61-60 lead with 4:38 left in regulation. The game stayed close through the final minutes before the Fighting Scots made two free throws to break the seventh tie of the game with 17 seconds remaining. Panicali's jumper tied it again and forced overtime.
Beloit never trailed in the extra five minutes, led by Panicali's nine points and five by Tegan Rock, pushing their lead to nine while forcing five Monmouth turnovers before settling for the final score, the squad's fourth win in five games.
Beloit shot 56.7% (17-30) in the second half to fuel their comeback and 57.1% (4-7) in overtime to seal the win. Monmouth finished at 38.9% (28-72) for the game.
Panicali finished with a career-high 35 points, tying the second-highest single-game point total in Beloit history, and dished out five assists while Lana Wieseman had 18 points with seven rebounds. Nora Polaski added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Rock had five assists, and Shelby Kline had four steals to go with her eight points. Lombard also added eight points.
Going into her final game Wieseman is just the third Beloit player, Women or Men, to total over 1,600 career points, joining Ron Bontemps (1,770) and Josh Hinz (1,915).
The Buccaneers host Ripon College in the regular season finale Wednesday night in Flood Arena, with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.