Four quarters were not enough to determine a winner in Saturday, Jan. 23’s game against Wilmington College. In the end, John Carroll University women’s basketball team came out victorious, 77-76, pushing their overall record to 10-7 and 5-5 in Ohio Athletic Conference play.
The Blue Streaks could not buy a bucket to start the game, committing three turnovers and trailing 10-0 after the first four minutes.
Freshman Bri Pittenger ended the drought with a three-pointer, sparking a 16-4 run by JCU to take a two-point lead.
Wilmington responded, outscoring the Blue Streaks by 14 in the second quarter. Much of that was on the shoulders of JCU, who came out of the gates cold once again, this time though, they didn’t put it together, and finished the quarter with just six points on 3-of-16 shooting. The scoring drought left the Fightin’ Quakers with a 14-point halftime lead.
Luckily for JCU, the Blue Streaks looked like a completely different team in the third quarter. The offense played proficiently, cutting the lead from 16 all the way down to six, before Wilmington made a little run to end the quarter, extending their lead to 10 heading into the final frame.
Junior guard Katlyn Spahar was the driving force behind the comeback in the fourth quarter. During JCU’s 13-2 run, she scored nine of the 13 points.
Both teams traded baskets over the final few minutes, and 40 minutes were simply not enough to determine a winner. The Fightin’ Quakers and Blue Streaks entered overtime tied at 63.
In overtime, the Blue Streaks carried their momentum over from the fourth quarter and held on until the final buzzer, ultimately defeating the Fightin Quakers, 77-76.
Spahar led the team with 36 points and added four steals to her effort. The only other JCU player to score in double figures was Pittenger, who poured in 11.
After the game, Spahar talked about what keeps this team in every game.
“We played in fives games that we won where we had to come back from a double digit deficit which is unheard of,” said Spahar. “I believe that our fight is a major key to our success.”
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University women’s basketball team returned to action on Wednesday, Jan. 27 against Heidelberg University. Go to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.