(London, Ontario) – On Saturday evening, the Fanshawe Women's Basketball team (11-5) was defeated at the buzzer by the Redeemer Royals (10-8) by a final score of 60-59. Fanshawe is tied for third place in the OCAA West Division with 22 points.
The Royals jumped out to an early 7-2 lead but the Falcons chipped away and tied the game at 16 on a layup by Natalie Warren. On the next play, Kaleigh Morris gave the Falcons their first lead of the game, knocking down a pair of free throws. At the end of the quarter, the game was tied 18-18. Redeemer retook the lead to start the second but the Falcons kept it close. At the six minute mark in the quarter, the Royals led by one, 25-24. Both teams defense stepped up and caused a number of turnovers. In those final six minutes, Fanshawe was held scoreless but only found themselves down 28-24 at the half.
Redeemer started the third with a basket but Fanshawe caught fire with a 7-0 run including a three pointer by Warren to give the Falcons the lead, 31-30. The Royals came back with their own 8-0 run and led 38-31 midway through the third. A jumper by Warren closed the gap to one, 46-45, with one quarter to play. Early in the fourth, a three pointer by Claire Dechet gave the Falcons the lead again, 50-49. Redeemer answered again with a 9-2 run and with five minutes left, led Fanshawe 58-52. With two minutes left in the game, Mikhalia Wright hit a big three pointer and the Falcons were back within one, 58-57. After a missed shot by Fanshawe, Maddy Kielar grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled with just six seconds left in the game. She calmly knocked down both free throws to give the Falcons the lead. Unfortunately for Fanshawe, with 1.1 seconds left, the Royals inbounded the ball to Jessica Brown who hit a buzzer beater to give the Royals the win, 60-59.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Natalie Warren – 17 points, 13 rebounds
Ali Vlasman – 12 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists
Redeemer's Top Performers:
Jessica Brown – 28 points, 4 rebounds
Lindsay Moffatt – 10 points, 4 assists
Fanshawe plays their final regular season home game next Friday, February 17 at 6pm, when they take on the Niagara Knights (11-5).
The Fanshawe Falcons are proud to host the 2017 CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship from March 9-11. Tournament passes are now on sale for $30 at the front gate of all Fanshawe Falcons home games, at the Fanshawe Athletics office (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) as well as the Fanshawe Biz Booth (Monday to Thursday, 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-7pm). Falcons Platinum Packs are also available at the Fanshawe Athletics office for $100 and include a premium reserved seat along the baseline, special pass holder's entrance and access to the new Falcons Suite, which will have free pizza and a cash bar during Falcons evening games.
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