SAN RAFAEL, Calif.-- After trailing by four points in the final minute, the Azusa Pacific women’s basketball team closed regulation on a 4-0 run, sending the Cougars to overtime against Notre Dame de Namur on Allison Greene’s jumper with 16 seconds on the clock. Azusa Pacific then outscored the Argonauts 12-9 in overtime, going ahead by as many as seven points in the extra frame to claim the team’s second consecutive Pacific West Conference road win behind an impressive second half effort from Sendy Valles, and a key basket from junior guard Katie Powell.
Valles scored all 13 of her points in the second half and overtime period, helping the Cougars overcome a three-point halftime deficit. The junior had three second half buckets that tied the score, and gave Azusa Pacific a quick two-point lead in overtime, the team’s first advantage since the Cougars led 23-21 with 4:33 to play in the opening half.
Powell hit a crucial 3-pointer in overtime, draining a triple off a Maggie Dumphy pass to push the Cougars ahead 56-51 with 3:23 to go. Later in overtime Valles gave Azusa Pacific its largest lead of the day, making it a 60-53 game on a layin before the Argonauts stormed back to cut the Cougar lead to 61-60. Powell, however, came up with a huge bucket, converting a pass from Valles with 42 seconds to go as Azusa Pacific held on for a 63-60 road win.
“It was all very stop and start, stop and start. We would do something good and then do something not so good,” said head coach T.J. Hardeman. “We traded runs. We weren’t as effective as we wanted to be, but we were able to be successful when we needed to be. I didn’t feel like we played up to our potential as a team. There were some individuals who stood out. Annie Fredrickson came off the bench and made an impact, and I thought Allison played really well.”
Valles and Powell led Azusa Pacific with 13-points apiece, and Valles added eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Kelly Hardeman posted 10 points, eight rebounds, and three steals.
Greene finished with eight points, five rebounds, and eight assists on the day, while Dumphy came off the bench to grab seven rebounds. Fredrickson scored six points, and pulled in seven rebounds.
Azusa Pacific shot just 34.7 percent from the field, and hit just six of 21 looks from beyond the arc. The Cougar defense held NDNU to 20-64 shooting (31.3 percent), while each team grabbed 52 rebounds in the game.
Azusa Pacific, which has won three of its past four games, will continue conference play next Monday night (Dec. 16) when it welcomes Fresno Pacific for the PacWest home opener.