Davenport falls in NAIA Division II national semifinals

Panthers blow late lead, fall to College of the Ozarks
Tribune Staff
Mar 18, 2014

Alex Law and the Davenport Panthers’ women’s basketball team looked to be on their way to the NAIA national championship game Monday night — until a late 3-pointer by Alice Heinzler.

Heinzler, a freshman guard for The College of the Ozarks, drilled a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds remaining to give the Ozarks a one-point lead and paved the way for a 75-72 victory in Monday’s semifinal clash at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Law, a sophomore from Grand Haven, had two tries to salvage the game for Davenport. Her long 3-point try with about 5 seconds remaining came up short. After a pair of Ozarks’ free throws, Law had another chance off an inbounds play with 1.2 seconds remaining, but her desperation attempt was well defended and didn’t come close.

Davenport (34-2) was the No. 1 seed, yet it was the seventh-seeded Ozarks that led for much of the game. Davenport trailed by eight in the second half but stormed back and took a 61-58 lead on Law’s third 3-pointer of the night.

The Panthers maintained that lead for the next several minutes and were on top 66-60 after a bucket inside by Tiesha Stokes.

The Ozarks battled back behind forward Brandy Uchtman, who drilled a 3-pointer to make it 66-65. Heinzler then swished two free throws for a 67-66 Ozarks’ lead.

Davenport scored four straight before Uchtman hit another 3-pointer to tie the game at 70.

Davenport’s Kelly Dineen scored on a runner for a 72-70 lead with 56 seconds left, setting the stage for Heinzler’s game-winning 3-pointer.

Law finished with nine points for Davenport, and in the process, set the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 89.

Grand Haven’s Alex Merz, a senior, also plays for Davenport, although she did not see the floor in Monday’s contest.

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