Buzzer-beater Sends DePauw to Defeat
November 21, 2010
November 21, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Annie Sayers' buzzer-beating putback lifted Washington University to a 58-56 win over DePauw at the Neal Fieldhouse.
DePauw (10th USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll/12th D3hoops.com) dropped to 1-1, while the Bears (5th Coaches/7th D3hoops.com) improved to 2-1.
The Bears led 54-49 with three minutes left, but DePauw's Ellie Pearson scored on a layup and Lauren Goff hit a three with 2:08 remaining to knot the score at 54-54. Pearson's steal led to Katie Mathews' layup which gave the Tigers their first lead of the game at 56-54 with 1:29 left.
Kathryn Berger's bucket with 42 seconds left evened the score at 56-56 and the Tigers missed on the other end with the shot clock winding down. The Bears rebounded and missed two shots before Sayers snagged the rebound and scored the game-winner just before the horn sounded.
The Bears led by as many as 11 in the first half and still held a 40-29 advantage with just over 14 minutes left in the second half. DePauw put together an 11-2 run to close the gap to 42-40 with 10:36 left and Washington's lead was no more than six the rest of the way.
Pearson led DePauw with a career-high 15 points and matched a career best with 12 rebounds. Mathews added 12 points and four rebounds.
Berger paced Washington with 15 points and eight rebounds and Alex Hoover dished out seven assists.
DePauw shot just 31.17 percent from the floor to Washington's 46.2 and the Bears hit 8-of-18 threes to the Tigers' 3-of-17. The Bears held a 39-32 rebounding edge and had 21 turnovers to DePauw's 10.
The loss snapped DePauw's 50-game home court win streak and its 67-game home win string in the regular season. The Tigers' last loss in the Neal Fieldhouse was on March 11, 2006, in the NCAA Quarterfinals against Hope, while the last regular season loss came at the hands of Washington University on November 20, 2004.
The Tigers return to action on Friday, November 26, when the face La Verne in the Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic in Thousand Oaks, Calif.