WHITING | Brooklyn Short had to shoot sometime.
The Purdue Calumet senior point guard came into overtime Thursday night with eight points, having spent most of the game facilitating shots for teammates. She hit three 3-pointers in less than a minute of the extra session to push the Peregrines by Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Calumet College, 86-81.
"(Short is a) clutch performer, very cool and collected. She's always been that way," coach Tom Megyesi said. "She didn't rush that shot. She took her time and just stroked it."
Short said getting a win over a rival and remaining undefeated in conference play was important.
"We always know it's going to be a battle (with Calumet College), just being right down Indianapolis (Blvd.)," she said. "Once you hit the first one and the second one, you want to be the one that takes it again."
Cal College (6-7, 0-4) was kept alive down the stretch by the play of guards Latoi Merriweather and China Cordova. The pair combined for 39 points. Cordova added five steals.
"Purdue Cal's a nationally-ranked team. We came to play (Thursday)," coach Cristina Schmidt said. "We have a very talented team and, going into overtime, we missed some little shots and just didn't get it done."
Momentum went back and forth in the first half. PUC did it with rebounding, where it held a 24-12 advantage, and shooting from beyond the arc, where it shot 6 of 12. PUC outrebounded the Crimson Wave 54-31 for the game.
Merriweather hit all three of her first-half shots from behind the stripe, including one that banked in with 2:30 left in the half that tied the game at 32.
The Peregrines (10-3, 5-0) finished the first half with an 8-2 run, including a 3-pointers from Tierra Turner and Kami Graber, and held a 40-34 advantage at the break.
"It definitely feels great. We needed the win," Short said. "Overtime's always a thrilling game."