Unlikely shot in closing seconds means a familiar end to Belmont women's season

Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:48pm
Staff reports

For the second time in as many years, the Belmont women's basketball team (12-18, 11-7 A-Sun) was denied advancing at the Atlantic Sun Tournament on a seemingly impossible shot in the final seconds of regulation.

The third seeded Bruins were upset by No. 6 Jacksonville (11-19, 8-10 A-Sun), 62-58, in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday night.

JU took its first lead of the night, 57-56, after going 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Jessica George banked in an impossible falling down 3-pointer to put JU ahead by four, 60-56, with 29 seconds left in regulation.

Jade Cargill netted an insurance jumper with eight ticks remaining after two BU attempts rimmed out of the net. Andrienne Tarrence found the bottom of the basket with one-tenth of a second left on the clock for the final points of the night as the Dolphins held on for the 62-58 win.

After leading for nearly the entire game, the Bruins’ double-digit lead was whittled down to one by the 4:12 mark.  Jacksonville knotted the score but Belmont regained the lead, 56-53, behind two Haley Nelson free throws less than a minute later and began using the clock to their advantage hoping to hold on for the win.

All-Atlantic Sun First Team honoree senior Nelson (Scottsboro, Ala.) notched her 16th and final double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.  Sophomore Molly Ernst (Louisville, Ky.) also contributed 14 points, including going 4-for-8 from behind the three-point arc.  Redshirt-junior Katie Brooks (Maryville, Tenn.) finished with a game-high six assists.