It came down to the final second by Nebraska Wesleyan finally recorded their first ever season sweep of Hastings College in women's basketball as the Prairie Wolves defeated the Broncos 63-62 on Wednesday night (Jan. 19) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
With 5.0 seconds remaining and the game tied, Hastings attempted an inbound pass that was stolen by Janelle Baal. Baal then found Mallory Shanahan underneath for a lay-up and she was fouled.
Shanahan toed the line with 0.8 seconds remaining and calmly knocked down the first attempt to put NWU up 63-62. Shanahan missed the second one and time expired on the rebound as the Prairie Wolves stormed the court with excitement.
The win was just the seventh time in 69 games that the NWU women have beaten Hastings in basketball. It also snapped a 10-game losing streak for NWU as the Prairie Wolves had not gotten a victory since Nov. 27.
Hastings led by as many as 10 points in the second half and got up by nine (51-42) with 8:22 to play. NWU then went on a 12-4 run as Janelle Baal canned a 3-pointer from the corner to pull NWU within one point at the 4:53 mark.
NWU finally got the lead in the second half on a great play by Katy Golden. After an airball by NWU, Mallory Shanahan saved the ball inbounds and hit Golden who fired a 3-pointer as time expired on the shot clock.
The lead would change hands twice then Shea Rasmussen hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to put NWU up 62-60. Alicia Statler tied the game for Hastings with a lay-up to set up the final 20 seconds.
NWU turned the ball over on their possession before the final turnover by the Broncos.
Three players reached double figures for NWU led by Shea Rasmussen with 19 points on 5-11 from 3-point range. Golden had 18 points, while Sadie Struebing had 17 and eight rebounds.
Alicia Statler had a double-double to lead Hastings with 20 points and 11 rebounds.