WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Crusaders drop in OT in consolation game of FIU Thanksgiving Classic

2013-12-01T21:00:00Z WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Crusaders drop in OT in consolation game of FIU Thanksgiving ClassicThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 01, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

Valparaiso's women's basketball team came within a second of their first win of the season before a desperation 3-pointer by Montana State guard Jackie Elliott sent Sunday's 96-85 loss into overtime.

Montana State outscored the Crusaders 21-10 in OT of the consolation game of the FIU Thanksgiving Classic in Miami.

Valparaiso kept its focus on the post during the game, as the Crusaders were willing to allow the Bobcats to fire away from beyond 15 feet. The plan worked in the first half as Montana State shot 1-for-10 from 3-point range.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders cashed in on opportunities from the line, where they scored 14 of their 32 first-half points.

Jessi Wiedemann and Liz Horton gave the Crusaders a 12-point lead with 11 minutes remaining in the game and two of Charae Richardson's career-high 23 points came on a layup with nine minutes to play.

Lexi Miller sank all six of her free throws as part of a 16-point, 8-rebound afternoon. Miller was named to the All-Tournament team. Wiedemann and Horton finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Northwestern 82, No 25 DePaul 79: Lauren Douglas scored 26 points and Nia Coffey added 20 points and 10 rebounds as Northwestern upset ranked DePaul.

Northwestern (6-1) started the game with a 16-2 run at the opening buzzer, but DePaul followed-up with an 18-0 run and tied the score at 22. The Blue Demons led 36-30 at the break.

Northwestern caught DePaul (3-2) at four minutes into the second half and the lead changed hands repeatedly entering the final minute tied at 77 when Wildcat Alex Cohen was fouled on a layup and completed the three-point play with a free throw giving Northwestern the game-winning advantage.

DePaul has lost two-straight, including a 16 point loss to No.5 Notre Dame. DePaul was touting a 20-game winning streak over fellow Illinois schools.

Megan Rogowski scored 23 and Megan Podkowa added 20 points for the Blue Demons.

No. 5 Notre Dame 100, Duquesne 61: Canadian-born senior Natalie Achonwa had 11 points and 10 rebounds to help Notre Dame rout Duquesne.

The game served as a homecoming for Achonwa, who has played on the Canadian national team and grew up in the area. Duquesne has four Canadians on its roster with Wumi Agunbiade, Oditte Odisho, Jose-Ann Johnson and Brianna Thomas.

Kayla McBride scored 22 points and helped the Irish take a 47-22 lead at the break. She and Jewell Loyd combined for 11 points during a 17-4 run to open the second half that put the game away.

Agunbiade scored 23 to lead the Dukes, including 14 of the team's 22 points in the first half.

IPFW 81, No. 21 Michigan State 76: Amanda Hyde scored 23 points and led five IPFW players in double digits in an upset win over No. 21 Michigan State.

The Mastodons (4-4) controlled the game with 53.7 percent shooting from the floor, including 13 of 23 from beyond the arc. Joining Hyde in double digits was Haley Seibert and Rachel Mauk, with 14 points apiece, Ariana Simmons, who added 12 points, and Mur Hagerman with 10.

Michigan State (5-2) hit 30 of its 73 shots from the floor (41.1 percent), and 7 of 20 from 3-point range, marking its first home court loss of the season. Trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, the Spartans narrowed the gap to 79-76 on a Kiana Johnson layup with 5 seconds remaining but the rally stalled.

Aerial Powers led Michigan State with a game-high 28 points and 14 rebounds.

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