Memphis Shoots Past North Dakota State in Final Seconds of Game, 58-55
Nov. 28, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. - - Alex Winchell stuck a three with 39 seconds remaining and shot another one from the wing with 10 seconds remaining in the game to help Memphis come back from a 55-52 deficit with 48 seconds to play to hand the Tigers a 58-55 victory over North Dakota State (3-3), Sunday.
It was Memphis that got on the board first on a Savannah Ellis layup, her first points of the tournament in front of her home state crowd. The Tigers led 6-2 when North Dakota State's Hannah Linz broke loose for back-to-back threes, powering a Bisons' run that put NDSU in front at 10-9. That lead grew to 12-9 after Brittany Carter picked up her second foul, going to the bench after playing just seven minutes in the opening half.
Memphis had to play in catch-up mode from there, as the two teams, both playing their third games in as many days, exchanged turnovers, with North Dakota State hanging on to its edge from the three-point line to hold the lead.
But Nicole Dickson grabbed a defensive rebound and pushed the ball ahead to Ramses Lonlack. Lonlack, who was covered up by the NSDU defense after driving the paint in transition, kicked the ball out to Alex Winchell on the wing, who flipped the ball to Dickson, who was now at the top of the key. Dickson drained the three to tie the game at 24-24 with 2:34 to play and neither team could convert to finish the half knotted at 24 apiece.
Danielle DeGagne then took over the game for North Dakota State in the second half, scoring 10 of the Bisons' first 15 points in the second half to put the home team in the neutral site game up 37-31. It would be a see-saw battle of momentum in the second half, as both teams were on tired legs and were fighting fatigue and turnovers.
After a long period with no scoring, North Dakota State made a 6-0 run, capped by a DeGagne runner that knotted the game for the 11th time at 52-52. Memphis came down the floor and Brittany Carter was called for a travel and on a second Tiger offense possession, came up with an empty trip that was rebounded by Linz. Linz, who had not hit a triple in the second half, made up for it at the worst time for the Tigers, as she jumped over Ramses Lonlack to hit a three with 48 seconds left that put North Dakota State up, 55-52.
That set up Winchell for her heroics. The senior point guard made her move to get open for the first three, and after North Dakota State missed a three on the other end, Winchell was set up for her game-winning bucket.
"It just felt like we had our team again out there," Winchell said. "That girl (Linz) hit that shot right over the top of Lonlack and I just felt like we were going to come down and get it back."
Winchell was the lone Tiger to hit double-digits, scoring 15 points, all from three point range. Savannah Ellis led Memphis with nine rebounds, adding eight points and two blocks. The two blocks gives her 100 for her career at Memphis. Starkitsha Luellen-Higgins came off the bench for seven points and seven rebounds as Memphis out-scored North Dakota State 26-16 in the paint.
Memphis will return to the friendly confines of the Elma Roane Fieldhouse for six of seven games. The first of those games will be on Monday, December 6th against Chicago State.