A three-point shot with 2.5 seconds left on the clock went in and back out to doom the Peru State women's basketball team Wednesday night.
Grand View (Iowa) led 69-67 at that point and went on to win 71-67 after grabbing the defensive rebound and being fouled. The Vikings had outscored the Bobcats 22-13 in the final frame to pull out the victory.
With the win, the Vikings improved to 8-11 overall and 6-7 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Peru State fell to 2-15 on the season and are 1-12 in conference play.
First Quarter Action
The start of the game looked bleak for the 'Cats as Grand View jumped to a 9-0 lead before Giovanna Silva (Brazilia, Brazil) put in a hoop in the paint off an assist from Maria Alcantara (Recife, Brazil) at the 6:38 point. The Vikings would lead by as many as 14 with 2:47 left in the quarter.
Brooke Maeda (Honolulu) would hit a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left to pull the Bobcats back within six at 23-17. Grand View would hit a late trey to lead 26-17 after the first ten minutes.
Second Quarter Action
Keaundra Washington (Omaha) hit a bucket to start the second quarter with Daspin Bruning (Everest, Kan.) following by making one of two free throws. Peru State was within six at 26-20 with less than a minute gone in the second stanza.
The closest the 'Cats would be in the quarter would be at the 7:32 mark when Claire Cudney (Marysville, Kan.) hit a bucket in the paint off an assist from Washington to make it 28-26.
After Grand View built their lead back up to nine at 39-30, the Bobcats would finish with a pair of free throws by Anjanea Simms (St. Louis, Mo.) and then a bucket by Silva to close the gap to 39-35 at halftime.
Third Quarter Action
For most of the third quarter, the Bobcats played Grand View even. Finally, at the 1:36 point of the period, Cudney would put the 'Cats ahead with a fast-break bucket off an assist from Alyssa Marsh-Contreras (Bellevue). Alcantara would then get a bucket off an assist from Marsh-Contreras to put Peru State up 50-47.
The 'Cats would eventually get back-to-back buckets by Silva to end the quarter off assists from Alcantara and Cudney to put Peru State up 54-49 at the end of 30 minutes.
Fourth Quarter Action
Marsh-Contreras would start the fourth stanza with a three-pointer to give the 'Cats their largest lead of the game at 57-49.
Grand View would catch fire and went on a 15-1 scoring run to lead 64-58 with 4:28 left in the contest.
Peru State would not give up and fought back to tie it at 65-65 and later 67-67 with 1:39 left in the game.
The Vikings would get a hoop to put them in front 69-67. After Grand View missed a pair of free throws, the Bobcats would call a timeout to set up their strategy with 22 seconds left. After the Vikings fouled Peru State a couple of times, the Bobcats ran the play they wanted getting a three-point shot that would have won the game. The ball literally went in and came back out with the Viking grabbing the rebound.
The Bobcats shot the ball well from the floor better than they had in the past couple of games as they finished making 25 of 58 shots for 43.1%. However, the 'Cats had trouble from long range making just 2 of 12 for 16.7%. At the charity stripe, Peru State connected on 15 of 18 for 83.3%. Grand View made 24 of 66 field goal attempts for 36.4% and won the game from behind the arc hitting 8 of 23 for 34.8%. From the free throw line, the Vikings were 15 of 22 for 68.2%.
Peru State held a slight rebounding edge as they grabbed 35 compared to 33 for the Vikings. Both teams finished with 16 assists.
The Bobcats had 26 turnovers while Grand View finished with 18. The 'Cats blocked five shots with the Vikings finishing with four. Grand View nabbed 17 steals compared to just nine for the Bobcats.
Peru Player Statistics
Two Bobcats finished in double-figure scoring. Peru State was led by Silva who finished with a game- and career-high 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting and went four for four at the free throw line. Cudney added 15 points while Marsh-Contreras added eight points.
Cudney and Silva also were the leading rebounders as they finished with nine and eight boards respectively. Alcantara added five rebounds.
Alcantara and Marsh-Contreras each dished out four assists while Maeda finished with three.
Silva and Alcantara each blocked two shots while Beth Hall (Graceville, Fla.) finished with one block. Alcantara nabbed four steals with Marsh-Contreras grabbing two.
Peru State has a pair of tough competitions coming up. On Saturday, the Bobcats will travel to Fayette, Mo., to face Central Methodist at 2 p.m. The Eagles are currently ranked 23rd and are 13-6 on the season and 9-4 in the Heart.
On Monday night, the Bobcats will host the Baker (Kan.) Wildcats who are currently 12-7 on the year and 7-6 in conference play. Peru State fell in overtime at Baker early in the season.