WBB: Vikings Come Back Before Dropping Overtime Championship
Feb 27th, 2012 @ 1:09 am | Author: Viking Sports Admin
A slow start led to a big second half comeback before the #4 seed Valley City State University Vikings Women's Basketball team ran out of steam in a 52-50 overtime loss to #3 seed Cal State San Marco in the A.I.I. Championship game.
Playing their third game in three days, the Vikings shot just one for 17 from the floor in the first 12 minutes of the game, pitting them with a 27-18 half time deficit before Valley City State mounted a second half comeback that almost gave them their first A. I. I. Tournament Championship.
Starting the second half on a 13-0 run the Vikings took a 31-27 lead with 13:56 to play in the game. From there, both teams would trade leads throughout the second half before the Vikings took a four point lead with 4 minutes to play. Cal State San Marcos scored the final four points of the game to send the championship thriller to overtime.
After two three point shots to open the extra stanza, Cal State San Marcos opened a six point lead and the Vikings before the Vikings answered to make it a two point game at 54-52. Viking freshman Sierra Even's three point shot at the buzzer missed the mark, and Cal State San Marcos claimed the A.I.I. Championship.
Brittany Lehner scored 15 points to lead the Vikings in scoring as she also collected six rebounds. Courtney Titus followed with 13 points while grabbing seven boards and Even rounded out the double digit Viking scorers with 10 points.
The championship loss puts the Vikings at 19-14 on the season. Valley City State laid claim to one of the two Association of Independent Institutions automatic bids for the NAIA Women's Division II National Tournament bids.
It marks the second time the Vikings will participate in the NAIA National Tournament after qualifying for the first time ever last season.