MOORHEAD, Minn. – First-year Katie Chavez (Westminster, Colo./Holy Family) tied the game with a deep three pointer late in regulation, scored the game-winning basket with 10.3 seconds remaining in the overtime period, and added a late insurance free throw to lift the Carleton College women’s basketball team to a 53-51 triumph at Concordia College.
“I am really proud of the effort by everyone tonight, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “We knew Greta Walsh was going to get her points, but we were able to keep everyone else at or below their average.
“On the offensive end, our execution in the second half and, more importantly, the final minutes of regulation was spot on.”
Chavez was scoreless until tallying her first basket with 2:19 remaining in the fourth quarter. She scored nine of Carleton’s final 13 points in the contest. Anne Hamilton (Jr./Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka) and Sarah Waldfogel (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) led the Knights (2-11, 1-6 MIAC) with 12 points apiece.
The back-and-forth tussle remained close throughout the evening as neither side led by more than six points at any point.
Concordia (5-9, 2-5 MIAC) held a 45-42 lead with 25 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, but Chavez buried a shot from well beyond the arc, sending the teams to the extra period.
With 18 ticks left in overtime, Walsh, the Cobbers’ leading scorer with 21 points, converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put the hosts in front, 51-50. On the ensuing Carleton possession, Chavez drove right and got a step on her defender before scoring to push the Knights in front with 10.3 on the clock. Carleton came up with a final defensive stop, including a block by Cece Leone (So./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) before Chavez tacked on a final-second free throw to complete the game’s scoring.
The Knights will look to carry the momentum over to their home contest against Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday, Jan. 14. The women’s-men’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m., and Knights Online will provide live video and stats.