MSU women's basketball team loses quarterfinal heartbreaker
The Minot State University women's basketball team hit an apparent game-winning shot at the buzzer only to have it waved off by the court-side instant replay. The replay saved an 87-86 win for Morningside (Iowa) College in a quarterfinal game at the 2008 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday (March 15) in Sioux City, Iowa.
"For a minute of my life, I thought we were going to move on," MSU head coach Sheila Green Gerding said. "We had a very good shot at the end. It was such an incredible high at the end only to have it taken away."
The Beavers (21-11) in bounded the ball under their own basket to Lashay Bagsby, who had her initial shot blocked. Brittni Walker grabbed the rebound, scored and the signal was that the basket was good. After nearly five minutes of deliberation the basket was waved off.
Kendra Meyer, the Beavers all-time leading scorer, ended her stellar career with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. Bagsby had a game-high 30 points and eight rebounds.
The Mustangs (33-3) had built a 16-point lead in the second half, but the Beavers fought back to lead 84-82 with 1:07 to play.
"What a great effort to battle back like we did," Green Gerding said. "Especially with having to play two overtimes (in Friday's second-round game) and how we thought our season was over and everything. We had our chances to win at the end. I couldn't be more proud."
The 2008 tournament marks the best finish for the MSU women's basketball program as an Elite 8 team - two upset wins, a double-overtime thriller, and a potential game-winner against a No. 1 seed.
-partially excerpted from the Minot Daily News