The Beloit College women’s basketball team lost a nail-biter to Monmouth College Saturday afternoon in Flood Arena. The Buccaneers took the unbeaten Scots to overtime but were unable to hand them their first loss falling 80-70.
After finding themselves in a six-point deficit early on, the Bucs responded with a 17-4 run over a five-minute span to take a seven-point lead nearing the end of the first quarter. The Scots’ hit a three for the final bucket of the quarter to make it 21-17 heading into the second.
The Bucs continued to pressure the Scots defense outscoring the highest-scoring offense in the league 17-13 in the second period to take an eight-point, 38-30, advantage into the intermission.
Beloit never relinquished the lead in the third quarter despite the Scots knotting the game on two occasions midway through. As the buzzer rang at the end of the quarter, the Bucs still held a six-point lead, 54-48.
That lead held down to nearly the two-minute mark when Shelby Kline was whistled for her fifth foul and had to leave the game. The Scots followed with a layup that knotted the game 62-62 with 1:41 to play.
Kelly Loudon made good on a Lauren Glaser pass for the layup to give the Bucs the lead 64-62 with 1:23 on the clock but on the defensive end, Kelly McLean was called for a foul, her fifth and Monmouth knocked down one of the two free throws to make it 64-63 with less than a minute to go.
Glaser made the defense work streaking toward the basket and drawing a foul with 46 ticks remaining. She hit one of two to make it 65-63. The teams traded turnovers but with 13 seconds left, Monmouth’s late-game go-to Carley Turnbull was able to power up a shot in the lane to tie it 65-65.
Beloit Head Coach Gloria Bradley called the immediate timeout to advance the ball to the Bucs’ offensive end of the court. During their possession, Candace Cunningham was called for the offensive foul, her fifth of the game, and a timeout allowed Monmouth to bring the ball passed midcourt with six seconds to go.
The Scots had an open look from long range as the buzzer sounded but the shot fell short and the teams headed into overtime.
The Bucs had no subs during the overtime period with three players registering their fifth personal fouls late in the second half and the Scots took advantage. With just over two minutes remaining in the extra period, Christy Melton was flagged for her fifth and the Bucs were forced to finish the game with four players on the court leading to the final, 80-70.
Cunningham posted a double-double to lead the Bucs with 11 points and 14 boards. Kline had a team-high 18 points while Loudon added 15 and Glaser contributed 14. Glaser led all players with five assists and added three steals in the contest.
The Bucs will head north to take on Ripon as Midwest Conference play continues Wednesday, December 5. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.