Ballard alum hits buzzer beater to lead Spalding to overtime win

Ballard alum hits buzzer beater to lead Spalding to overtime win

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Spalding University women’s basketball team won an overtime thriller at Webster, 76-74, when Alex Martin drove the length of the court to hit a fall away layup at the buzzer. With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 7-5 overall and 2-3 in SLIAC play. Webster drops to 10-3 and 3-2 in conference play.

Alex Martin led all-scorers with 22 points on the day, while also pulling in seven rebounds, passing out four assist and swatting four steals. Brandy Hunter and Micaiah Bowden each scored 15 points, and Julie Skaggs tallied a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles led 36-31 at the end of the first half. Despite shooting 35.5% while Webster connected at a 44% clip, SU used a strong effort on the boards to earn extra possessions. The Golden Eagles outrebounded the Gorloks, 27 to 9 in the first 20 minutes, including a 12 to 2 advantage on the offensive boards. The first quarter was played very tight with neither team holding a lead of more than four points. A pair of Alex Martin free throws would push SU’s margin to four, but a Webster’s Jaysea Morgan would neutralize them with a pair of her own on the other end to cut Spalding’s lead to two at 21-19 after one period. Much like the first quarter, both teams played relentlessly in the second. Webster’s Kelsey Miller knocked down a three-pointer to open the half to put the Gorloks in front, 22-21. Spalding would put together a 15-5 run over the next eight minutes taking a nine-point lead following a jumper by Hunter to make the score, 36-27, with 1:23 remaining in the half, but a pair of Webster jumpers cut the margin to five points at the break.

In the second half, the Golden Eagles continued to struggle from the floor shooting 27.6%, while going 0-for-6 from beyond the arc. Despite the poor shooting, Spalding was nearly flawless at the free throw stripe connecting on 13-of-14 attempts. Webster opened the second half on a 5-0 run to tie the score at 36 apiece. Again, the Golden Eagles answered the call outscoring the Gorloks 15-6 to take a 51-42 lead with 1:12 remaining in the period, but a 4-0 spurt to end the quarter for Webster would cut the margin to five heading into the fourth. Spalding scored the first four points of the fourth quarter taking a nine-point lead, and would lead by eight, 65-57, following a Julie Skaggs jumper with 3:42 to play. However, the Golden Eagles would go scoreless over the final 3:42 sending the game into overtime.

In overtime, Micaiah Bowden put the Golden Eagles in front knocking down a three-pointer on Spalding’s opening possession to make the score, 68-65. SU led 74-70 with 3:12 remaining, but Webster would tie it at 74-74 on a Miller jumper with 52 seconds to go. A turnover by Allison Just looked to give the Gorloks the final possession. Miller let go of the potential game-winner with five seconds remaining, and Just rebounded the ball, threw an outlet pass to Alex Martin, who drove coast to coast flipping in a fall-away layup as the horn sounded to push the Golden Eagles past Webster, 76-74.

Up next, the Golden Eagles will host Fontbonne University Wednesday, January 11. Tipoff is slated for 6:00 pm EST at Derek Smith Gymnasium