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Lady Rams win in 2OT over Bryan 86-79 on Saturday

Lady Rams pull away in double OT for important road win in AAC play

Sports Information Department BC

February 13, 2012

Bluefield College Athletics

Sports Information Department

Bluefield, Virginia

 

Dayton, Tenn.- The women's basketball team notched another result into their winning column as the Lady Rams beat Bryan in double-overtime 86-79 in AAC play.

 

15 lead changes occurred throughout the contest on Saturday afternoon in Dayton as both teams scored very close in point totals in both halves. Bluefield had a six point lead at one point in the first half, but the Lions went on a small run to end the half and got a buzzer-beater 'deep three' to take a two-point advantage at halftime 30-28.

 

Bluefield got a huge performance from Toni Cataldi who went 4 for 9 from behind the arc for 15 points. Bluefield had five players in double-digits including Robson (12) and Tolliver (10) alongside Gillard and Rouse. The Lady Rams also got nine points from both McNeal and Simmons.

 

Tolliver finished with a double-double on the afternoon grabbing ten rebounds to go along with her ten points.

 

Bluefield put in a solid second half as they went up on Bryan by 11 points mid-way through the final half. Unfortunately, Coach Baker's side turned the ball over several times and let the Lady Lions crawl back into the game.

 

Under a minute to play in regulation, Bluefield hit a late basket with :20 seconds left in the contest to go up two. On the following Bryan possession, Bluefield fouled a Bryan player and sent them to the FT line. Bryan hit both free throws, and with four seconds to score Bluefield failed to get a decent shot opportunity off.

 

In the first overtimer, both teams exchanged limited points (8 point a piece) and several turnovers. Bluefield had their chance to win the game off free throw's but they struggled to capatlized from the charity stripe. Down three, Bluefield looked to SR Takieya Rouse. With a few seconds left on the clock, Rouse drained a last-second three-pointer to give Bluefield new life and send the game into a second overtime.

 

Finally, Bluefield began to heat up and connected from the FT line. As a result of the early 2OT success, Bryan had to foul BC in order to get more chances to draw the lead back. Bluefield hit late free throws and pulled away for the 86-79 victory.

 

The double-overtime win was Bluefield's second of its kind in a nine day span. On Feb 2nd, Bluefield defeated Tenn Wesleyan in 2OT as well. Both wins came on the road for Bluefield.

 

Sitting at 11-5 in the AAC (17-9 overall), Bluefield still actually has a 'far-shot' at landing the top-spot in the conference final standings. Bluefield must win their final two conference games, and top-ranked Tenn Wesleyan must lose their final two games. If this scenario would pan out, the two teams would be tied at 13-5 and the head-to-head would favor Bluefield- who holds the season-sweep on Wesleyan.

 

Three teams sit deadlocked at 2nd place including Bluefield, Montreat and Union. All three hold 11-5 records with two games to play. Bluefield will finish their season off with two home games which inevitably plays a huge role in finishing the season strong. Bluefield can't finish lower than 4th place in the final polls, making them a host for a first round tournament contest next week.

 

Bluefield will host Virginia Intermont on Wednesday at the Dome Gymnasium at 5:30pm EST. The game should be a good one, as Bluefield lost against VI earlier in the season in Bristol. Revenge will be their minds.

 

Be sure to follow the Lady Rams and Bluefield College Athletics on Twitter @BluefieldRams

 

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