DECATUR, Ga. - In one of the most impressive comebacks in Scottie sport history, the Agnes Scott College basketball team stormed back from a 16 point second-half deficit to shock #1 Finlandia University (13-11), scoring the last 17 points of the game to score a come-from-behind 50-45 win. With the win, the Scotties advance to the Great South Athletic Conference tournament final, with a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships on the line.
For the first 36 minutes of the game, it looked as if Finlandia would run past the Scotties, building as large a lead as 16 points with 11:50 remaining in the game, 38-22. An Adriana Figueroa 3-point basket would cut the lead to 13, and the lead would hover in double digits until the Lions' Paige Yoho would sink two free throws with 4:28 to play, putting the lions on top 45-33. That is when the magic began for the Scotties (8-13, 4-2 GSAC).
Following a timeout by head coach Trish Roberts, the Scotties returned to the floor and began to pressure the Lions' offense with a full court press, leading to seven Finlandia turnovers in the final 2:45 of the game. The Scotties scored a remarkable 16 points in that time span, including 6 points from Care Bacon, and timely 3-point baskets by Jalexis Teemer and Brittaney Howard, whose 3-pointer from the left corner sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy as the Scotties tied the game at 45-45 with 59 seconds on the clock.
Teemer would steal the ball from Finlandia with 40 seconds to go and feed Howard under the basket for the Scottie's first lead of the game, 47-45. GSAC Freshman of the Year, Kisha Simpson, who had struggled from the free throw line all night, bucketed one of two with 20 seconds to go, stretching the lead to 3. The Lions would get one more chance to tie the game when leading scorer Marissa Burke saw an open 3-pointer come up short, and Teemer, who hauled in the rebound, was immediately fouled, sinking both to put the game out of reach.
"I don't even know what to say," commented head coach Trish Roberts, "except that I am so proud of the way the team responded this evening. That was an incredible last five minutes."
For the Scotties, Simpson would lead the way with a double-double, scoring 12 and hauling in 12 rebounds. Howard would chip in with 10 points off the bench, including 2 three-pointers. Bacon's 6 points all came in the last 2:45 of the game, and she added 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists.
The Scotties advance to the GSAC Championship on Sunday, March 1, at 1:00 p.m. against #3 Pine Manor College (12-9), who upset defending-champion and #2 seed Salem College, 66-61 in the 2:00 p.m. game. The winner will advance to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.