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Tech women stunned by UMD rally, buzzerbeater

November 19, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

DULUTH, Minn. - Alyssa Kerkhoff made a 3-pointer as time expired to lift Minnesota Duluth to an 83-82 win over the Michigan Tech women's basketball team Saturday.

"We had to learn, unfortunately, the hard way that we can't give up 83 points in one game," said Tech coach Kim Cameron. "We can't give up that many points and win. It can't be a shootout."

The Huskies made six 3-pointers in the first half to build a lead as high as 14 points before entering the locker room up 45-32.

The second half featured four ties and three lead changes. Courtney Doucette made a 3-pointer and then followed up with a free throw on the Bulldogs' next possession to tie the score at 80. Sam Hoyt made a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to give the Huskies an 82-80 lead.

Kerkhoff then banked in the winning 3-pointer for UMD. Kerkhoff finished with a game-high 20 points for the Bulldogs.

"I thought we had control heading into halftime, but we had a 10 minute period in the second half where we had a lull," said Cameron. "That is where they beat us."

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UMD had three other players in double figures, including Katrina Newman who tallied 16.

Taylor Stippel led a quartet of Tech players in double figures with 15. Emma Veach and Hoyt each finished with 14.

Tech shot 47 percent (32-for-69) from the field and held UMD to 37 percent (23-for-62). The Bulldogs made 31 of 36 (86 percent) free throws, while Tech was 11-of-16 (69 percent).

Tech will play at Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday.



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