WAUWATOSA, WI (December 31, 2018) - For only the second time in three years, the Bryant & Stratton College women's basketball team lost their third straight game as they came up short against the Carl Sandburg College Chargers 105-100 in a thrilling triple overtime contest.
Prior to the loss, Bryant & Stratton held a 2-0 record against Carl Sandburg over the past two seasons.
The loss puts the Bobcats at 10-8 overall an 5-5 in region competition.
After multiple lead changes throughout the first three quarters, the Bobcats saw themselves ahead 66-60 with two minutes left to play in regulation.
"It was definitely a hard fought battle from both sides the entire game," Lorenz said. "Anyone at the game could tell that both teams wanted the win really bad."
Over the course of the final minute in regulation, Bryant & Stratton remained ahead 71-67 with just 15 seconds remaining.
In need of a quick score, the Chargers drove the lane for an easy basket cutting the lead down to two with 12 seconds still on the clock.
The Bobcats proceeded to inbound the ball and the Chargers fouled putting freshman guard, Taynique Hawthorne, at the line to shoot two.
After knocking in one of two at the charity stripe, the Chargers trailed by three (72-69) and pushed the ball down the opposite end of the court where they drained a shot from long distance to tie the game up at 72-72 a-piece with 2.7 seconds remaining.
"They made tough plays down the stretch and forced us into some key turnovers which is a huge reason why they tied up the game," Lorenz said.
In the final two seconds of regulation, the Bobcats failed to get off a shot and the game moved to a five minute overtime period.
With the scored tied at 78-78 and three seconds remaining, the Bobcats had one final possession to win the game but failed to convert forcing the game to extend to a second overtime period.
After multiple lead changes throughout double overtime, the Bobcats trailed 87-86 with seconds remaining before freshman guard, Kiyanna Rodgers, drove the ball coast-to-coast drawing a foul as the clock expired.
Rodgers stepped up to the line where she sunk one of two forcing the game to be decided in triple overtime.
"It was such a grind the entire game," Lorenz said. "Both teams would not let up on the gas."
In the final overtime period, it was the Chargers who took control going on an 18-13 run giving the Bobcats their third consecutive loss.
Despite the loss, the Bobcats had six players dropping double-digit points as Rodgers led the way with 22 points on 5-10 shooting from beyond the arc followed by freshman guard, Ashley Moses, with 14 points off of the bench.
Hawthorne finished the game with 11 points.
Bryant & Stratton shot 47.1% overall from the field and a dissapointing 46.7% from the free throw line.
After a tough tournament, the Bobcats will look to regroup as they have a week off before traveling to Sugar Grove, IL to take on the Waubonsee Community College Chiefs on Saturday.
Tip-off will take place at 1:00pm
The Bobcats hold a 1-1 overall record against the Chiefs over the past two seasons as they came out with an 81-52 win last season while the Chiefs earned a 75-62 victory back in the 2016-17 season.
Spectators can view the game live on the OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL.