For the second time in three years, the Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball team forced overtime but would ultimately be upended in the Division II national quarterfinal round, falling on Tuesday to California (Pennsylvania) 84-79 in Sioux Fallas, South Dakota.
The Sharks (27-6) prolonged their season by overcoming a nine-point deficit with 5:40 left, as they trailed the Vulcans (30-4) 69-60 at that point, the game’s biggest spread. To tie it and play extra basketball, they ended regulation on a 12-3 run.
Highlights during that span including back-to-back layups by Jasmine Wilkins, followed by another close-in shot from her at 2:26. She fouled out with 1:50 to go, but Kayla Wright picked up the slack in the post with a layup of her own at 1:39, making it a two-point game, and a free throw with 32 seconds remaining cutting it to one, 71-70.
Cal’s Miki Glenn hit 1 of 2 free throws, but Danielle Robinson got the rebound on the second miss and took it the other way, and NSU’s Monaye Merritt was fouled with 9.9 seconds to go. She made both to tie the score at 72 and send the game into overtime.
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