Ary-Turner Buzzer-Beater Lifts Geoducks Over Cavaliers

January 08, 2005

Olympia, WA - The Geoduck women's basketball team picked up a conference win tonight as freshman forward Kamrica Ary-Turner hit an inside jumper with four seconds left on the clock to lift Evergreen over the visiting Concordia University Cavaliers 61-59.

With the win Evergreen moves to 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference while Concordia drops to 9-6 on the year and 3-2 in league play.

Ary-Turner led all scorers with 22 on the night as Evergreen opened up a 17-4 first-half lead with 12:35 to play in the period. But Concordia used second chance points and an Evergreen dry spell to make a run and pull to within two points at the break 32-30.

The two teams traded baskets for much of the second half as the Evergreen lead sat at five points. Concordia found themselves in the double bonus with nine minutes remaining in the game, but couldn't take advantage of the opportunity as they went nine of 18 from the charity stripe in the second half.

Evergreen had three scorers in double figures on the night as Heather Hyde added 13 points to Art-Turner's 19 and Jenny Olson figured for another 10. But Olson fouled out as she went over the back to pull down an offensive rebound with 4:12 remaining and Evergreen up by two 56-54.

Nicole Jamieson hit one of two free throws to pull the Cavs to within one.

Ashley Miller responded in kind also converting one of two free throws to put Evergreen back up by two with two minutes remaining.

Concordia missed a jumper on their next possession. Then Evergreen also missed an open shot. But Ary-Turner pulled down an offensive rebound giving Evergreen another look. But again the Geoducks came up empty.

Concordia was forced to call time out on their next possession with seven seconds remaining on the shot clock and 45 seconds to go in the game. On the in-bounds play, Jamieson converted on a nifty spin move under the basket to tie the game as the shot clock buzzer sounded.

Evergreen missed on its next attempt, but were able to tie up the ball to keep possession. With nine seconds in the game and five seconds on the shot clock, Ary Turner took the in-bounds pass and dribbled to her left to free herself up for a short jumper. She put the ten-footer off the glass and in to give Evergreen the 61-59 win.

Denise Benedict led the Cavaliers with 14 points and Katie Atkins and Shelby Patterson both added 11.