Shortly after the inbounds pass, Amy Gardner fired a long, long 3-pointer that made it 73-68 with 38 seconds left. A University at Buffalo transfer who is jokingly nicknamed "Kansas" - as in where she shoots from - she had missed her first six 3s.
And get this: She is playing with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Surgery, smurgery.
Point guard Nia Nolan was the tournament's MVP after scoring 25 points and dishing out 12 assists in two games. The Bears needed them all, starting with their 60-57 semifinal win Saturday over Voorhees.
Courtney Sturdivant, the AII player of the year, had 20 points and Amber Tully hit five 3-pointers to finish with 18.
Back on the men's side, coach Bob Williams deserved better. He finished his 11th season on the Golden Bears' sideline, which means he survived all the craziness that swirled around him. He kept a steady hand through it all, putting together respectable teams year in and year out.
And remember, his team won the unoffical Mid-South championship last season but couldn't advance in the postseason. In a show of pettiness, that Kentucky-based circuit sidelined Tech for having the temerity to apply for NCAA Division II membership.
With a core of David Rawlinson and Terrale Clark, Williams had to replace seven seniors. He got some help with second-semester reinforcements and the team won its 20th game Saturday, 74-70 over an athletic Robert Morris team.
"A lot of the kids we had, and played a lot, nobody recruited them, really," Williams said. "They overachieved to win 20 games, be a point away from going to the national tournament. ... It was very enjoyable for me, as a coach, to be around these guys."
Sunday afternoon, the Bears were betrayed by uncharacteristic shooting troubles in their own Baisi Center, hitting just 31 percent from the floor and 6 of 27 from 3-point range. Clark and Rawlinson had 19 and 15 points, respectively, but combined to shoot 7 of 24.
And the Bears left five points on the foul line in the final five minutes, including the most painful, Clark's first-shot miss with 25.2 seconds left. When he made the second, Tech remained down 65-64.
Still, the Bears (20-12) had two good chances to win. The first came after Eddie Gordon's steal at halfcourt, after which Clark received the ball on the baseline. But he missed and Tech had to foul with 8.8, and then 6.7 seconds left.
Voorhees' Travis Dupree missed the front end of the one-and-one, giving the Bears a chance to dash to the other end. Alas, the Tigers made a super defensive play, tying up Jaren Marino right before the buzzer rang.
The possession arrow favored Tech, but the clock did not. Williams lobbied for more time than the 0.3 seconds the Bears were granted, which allowed nothing more than a tip-in off the inbounds pass. Dupree defended the lob to Armond Perez well enough to give Voorhees the game.
Williams was downcast but he found this season - and the weekend - quite rewarding. And his surroundings are much more stable under athletic director Frank Pergolizzi, who is in his fourth (!) year.
"I think that's why you're seeing all the sports teams improve this year," Williams said. "From the top down, the administration is very good right now, and they're committed to athletics. You saw the student body; all the teams here root for one another, they're very close.
"I thought it was great for the women go to nationals. It was a special weekend for Tech. People that came really got to see good basketball."
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