No.14 Western falls to No.17 Chico State, 65-62 in OT
Dec. 10, 2010
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - A furious comeback over the last seven minutes of regulation was not enough as Western Washington University fell 65-62 in overtime to Chico State in a battle between two unbeaten nationally ranked women's basketball teams Friday at The Wolves' Den to open the California Collegiate Athletic Association/Great Northwest Athletic Conference Challenge Classic.
The Vikings, ranked No.14 in this week's USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division II Top 25, fell to 5-1. They were led by the 12 points of center Lauren Hefflin (Sr., Ridgefield). Guard Kristin Schramm (Jr., Chelan) came off the bench to score nine points, all in the second half.
No.17 Chico State, which improved to 7-0, got a game-high 17 points from guard Molly Collins and forward Taylor Lydon added 12.
Chico State led by 12 points, 56-44, with 7:02 remaining but Western finished regulation time with a 14-2 run to tie it at 58-all. Hefflin, Schramm and forward Gabby Wade (Sr., Lacey/River Ridge) each had four points during that stretch.
Guard Amanda Dunbar (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck), who moved into eighth place among Western's career point leaders with 1,336, put the Vikings within two on a jumper with 2:10 left in regulation. Wade tied the score at 58-58 by making two free throws with 1:21 to go.
Hefflin gave the Vikings an early 60-58 lead in overtime, but a 3-pointer by Lydon and a layup by Collins put Chico State in front to stay, 63-60, with 1:39 left. Another Hefflin basket brought Western within one, 63-62, before a jumper by Wildcat forward Kristin Marquardt opened the margin to three. A 3-point attempt by Dunbar at the buzzer bounced off the back rim.
Western used an 11-1 run, keyed by two 3-pointers by Erika Ramstead (So., Everson/Nooksack Valley) to take a 17-11 lead with 10:51 left in the first half, and the Vikings had a 32-29 advantage at halftime.
Chico State scored the first 11 points of the second half for a 40-32 lead with16:28 to go, and led by as many as 14, 48-34, with 12:25 to go.
Western closes out the tourney Saturday (7 p.m.) against host Sonoma State.
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