Anderson rallies late for 64-58 win over Bluffton
December 9, 2009
By: Josh Bruner, sports information assistant
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ANDERSON, Indiana - The Bluffton University women's basketball team led 30-27 going
at the half, but Anderson outscored Bluffton 37-28 in the second period en route to
the 64-58 victory over the Beavers on Wednesday, December 9, 2009. The loss dropped
the Beavers back to 0-3 in the HCAC and 3-4 overall, while the Ravens jumped to 3-0
in the HCAC and 3-5 overall.
The Beavers started slowly, failing to score until the 16:44 mark with a Becky Ruble (Grover Hill/Wayne Trace) deep ball to tie the game at three. The teams continued
to trade scores, as Ginny Buckingham (Bluffton) knotted the game at seven after five and a half minutes of play. The Ravens
responded by taking a four-point lead (11-7) after consecutive Tiffany Bowsher layups. Bluffton matched the run and put in four straight to tie the game again at
11 with 11 minutes left in the half.
Anderson showed their offense with a quick 8-2 rally, putting the Ravens up 19-13
with just over eight minutes of play left in the stanza. Bluffton got to within one
possession thanks to a Jenna Reynolds (Logan) three-pointer. The teams continue to trade points as the Ravens took a five-point
lead with just two minutes left in the half. The Beavers rose to the occasion with
an 8-0 spurt, finished by another Ruble trifecta, to give them a 30-27 lead going
into the half.
Bluffton continued to build on their lead to start the second half, taking a seven-point
lead four minutes in following three Kim Miller (Delphos/St. John's) free throws. The Ravens did not put up their first points of
the period until Lauren Leisure nailed a jumper at the 13:41 mark. They pulled within three with 13 minutes left
after another Bowsher layup.
Buckingham dropped in four quick points off two shots to push the Beavers back out
to a seven-point lead with only 12 minutes remaining in the game. The Ravens responded
with several layins, holding Bluffton to only two free throws from Kirstie Runion (Cincinnati/Cin. Christian). The teams traded points for the next six minutes, as
the Beavers opened a three-point lead with a Buckingham layup at the 6:19 mark.
The Beavers still led by four points with just under three minutes left to play following
a pair of Buckingham makes from the stripe. However, Anderson answered the call, going
on a 9-1 run thanks to three consecutive Lauren Leisure triples over a 1:16 span.
The Beavers made it a two-point game (60-58) after a Ruble three with 18 seconds left,
but four Raven free throws sealed the 64-58 Anderson victory.
The Beavers' scoring was evenly distributed, as Bluffton placed three in double digits.
Leading the team was Miller with 13, going 7-of-11 from the charity stripe. Ruble
and Buckingham each added 11 of their own. Ruble went 3-for-7 from behind the arc,
while Buckingham finished 4-of-6 from the field, pulled down eight boards and came
up with four steals. Miller added five assists in the loss.
The Ravens' offense was led by Allen East product Tiffany Bowsher with 19, followed
by Leisure with 16 and Ellen Thompson with 11. The Ravens starters accounted for 59 of their 64 points.
Bluffton hit 20-of-44 (45.5 percent) from the field, compared to 21-of-45 (46.7 percent)
for Anderson. The Beavers were 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from the charity stripe, while
the Ravens hit 17-of-25 (68.0 percent). The Beavers drained one more triple than their
opponents (6-5) and pulled down 26 rebounds, while the Ravens hauled in 32. The teams
each turned the ball over 18 times.
The Bluffton University women's team will travel to Franklin on Saturday, December
12. The contest is slated to start at 3 p.m.