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Women’s Basketball Falls to Alma in Overtime

Saturday, January 03, 2009

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By Chaz Amidon

ALMA – John Ross can’t recall the last time his Knights were in a three-game conference drought. Now he’ll have to figure out a way to end one.

Calvin dropped a 58-54 overtime decision to Alma on Saturday, extending the Knights’ MIAA losing streak to three games, dating back to a loss to Saint Mary’s on Dec. 6.

Sarah Partridge banked in a runner with nine seconds left in regulation to tie the game, but the Scots shot 4-of-6 from the field in the extra frame and used a lone free throw from Lacey Best-Rowden with three seconds left to cement the win.

“My first four years we lost a total of 17 games, so we’ve never had this,” said Ross. “The only thing we can do is practice on Monday, get in the gym…and things will turn around.”

“That’s key – good practices, weight room sessions, good work ethic in practice.”

The Scots received an 18-point, 10-rebound effort from leading scorer Meagan Hoblet to notch their first win over the Knights since 2003, where Alma recorded a 54-37 win at the Calvin Fieldhouse.

The loss also put a dent in Ross’s previously unbeaten 12-0 record against the Scots.

“They gave us everything they had,” said Ross. “I’ve got to give Coach (Charlie) Goffnett a lot of credit.”

Partridge was one of three Knights to score in double figures, finishing with a team-high 11 points to go along with seven rebounds. Brook Van Eck compiled all of her 11 points after halftime, and Amber Benthem tallied seven of her 10 points after the break.

Trailing 45-41 with 1:46 remaining in the second half, Van Eck connected on a left-handed hook to slice the Scots’ lead in half. Best-Rowden, an 82 percent free-throw shooter, misfired on a pair of free throws that could have sealed the game for Alma with 13 seconds left.

Leah Mattson fielded the outlet pass and spotted Partridge, who cut straight down the center of the floor and hoisted a last-second floater just three feet in front of the bucket.

“We definitely had momentum and I think everyone thought that,” Partridge said of forcing overtime. “We thought we could outscore them in five minutes. It was 0-0 at that point.”

But Hoblet rattled off six of Alma’s first 11 points in the extra session as the Scots broke Calvin’s full court press and found their starting center for a trio of uncontested lay-ins.

Marissa Walker, who nailed three 3-pointers in the first half, had a chance to erase Alma’s 57-54 lead with seven seconds left, but the Scots’ Kathryn Bigelow bottled her up in the right corner and forced Walker’s shot to fall just short.

Bigelow finished with a game-high 12 rebounds, nine points, seven blocks, four assists, and caused several of Calvin’s 18 turnovers.

“They definitely pushed the tempo, which made us push the tempo,” said Partridge. “We didn’t really take advantage of that, trying to be aggressive and driving for lay-ups or pushing the ball to the post.

“I think we could play a game like that, but we waited too long to be aggressive.”

The Knights shot a mere 25 percent from the floor throughout, largely accounting for their fifth loss in six games. Calvin was 77 percent from the charity stripe, while Alma shot only 53 percent from the line.

Without Marcia Harris, the MIAA’s leading scorer at 19.3 points-per-game, the Knights languished in the paint offensively, as Van Eck, Kacy Cryderman and Lauren Roodvoets combined to score only 19 points.

Calvin outrebounded Alma 47-36 and collected a season-high 17 offensive rebounds.

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