Gaylon Broglin sank a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to lift Middle Tennessee State past UW Milwaukee 34-31 in the team’s opening pool play game of the women’s club division at the 2017 NIRSA National Basketball Championships, hosted by Ohio State University.
MTSU had rallied from a 21-14 halftime deficit. Tied at 28 with 4:00 minutes remaining, UW Milwaukee gained a 3-point lead on free throws from Trisha Patton and Julia Stowe. But, MTSU went to the 3-pointer as Randi Bivens hit from the outside to tie the game at 31-31 with 50 seconds remaining. The Lady Raiders’ Brandi Whitaker grabbed a clutch rebound off a missed free throw to set-up the final play for MTSU.
Broglin ended the game with 10 points and 7 boards to lead MTSU. Patton had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals for UWM in the defeat.
In other women’s club action, Maryland grabbed a 20-13 halftime lead but UConn reversed course in the second half. The Huskies put together a 21-3 run to start the 2nd half to take charge, 34-23. The Terps battled back, closing to within 2 points with 44 seconds remaining, but it would be UConn holidng on for a 37-34 win. Helena Ottaviano had 14 points for Maryland. Allison Davis grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and added a pair of blocks for UConn in the win.
Ohio closed out its women’s club pool play game with Delaware on a 10-1 run to capture a 38-25 win. Jordan Elliott led a balanced scoring attach for the Bobcats with 9 points to go along with 5 rebounds.
In men’s intramural pool play, Austin Card had 17 points and Michael Downing added 10 as Georgia Tech won an ACC battle with Louisville 45-42. Kylon Higglins had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and teammate Micahel Perry added 14 points including 4 three-pointers as Arkansas Tech defeated Nebraska-Omaha 80-51.
Tournament action resumes at 8:30 am Saturday morning at the RPAC on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. National championship games begin Sunday morning to be live streamed on @NIRSAChampLive on Twitter. Watch for webcasts of the slam dunk and 3-point shooting contests Saturday afternoon.
7:30 pm Pool Play Scores
WC: Middle Tennessee State 34, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 31
WC: Air Force 38, Virginia 26
WC: Ithaca 37, Wisconsin White 29
WC: UConn 37, Maryland 34
WC: Towson 59, Prairie View A&M 32
WC: Boston College 33, Lamar 30
WC: Ohio 38, Delaware 25
M-IM: Georgia Southern 59, Albany State 49
M-IM: Arkansas Tech 80, Nebraska-Omaha 51
M-IM: Georgia Tech 45, Louisville 42
W-IM: North Carolina A&T 46, Valdosta State 20