March 6, 2009

Courtesy of Maryville (Tenn.)

Maryville College's Natalie Munday hit a three-pointer with 58 seconds remaining to tie #5 Oglethorpe University 65-65 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Just 17 seconds later, Oglethorpe's Anna Findley hit from beyond the arc to eliminate the Scots from the post-season challenge by the score of 68-65.

The Scots began the game with solid ball movement, an aggressive defense, and great rebounding. During the first eleven minutes of the game Maryville posted their largest lead at the 9:20 mark 19-11. The Stormy Petrels finished the half with an 18-6 run and went to the half with a 29-25 advantage.

The second half saw the home Petrels stake a six point advantage only to watch MC's Tara Heyboer tally 14 second half points to help MC earn a five point advantage in the first eight minutes of the second half. A pair of Biz Richmann free throws gave Oglethorpe the lead back at the nine minute mark. Jeanna Dalton's three point play put the Scots up 62-61 with 1:57 remaining. Back-to-back Petrel buckets set the stage for Munday's key trey, but Findley answered to move Oglethorpe to the second round.

The Scots (19-9) were paced by Natalie Munday's 15 point performance. The Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Year was 6-for-12 from the field and brought down seven rebounds. Freshman Tara Heyboer was 7-for-10 from the field and also posted seven rebounds while finishing with 15 points. Senior guard Jeanna Dalton ended her career with 13 points while hitting a pair of three pointers.

Oglethorpe (26-3) had four players post double digit scoring. Katie Kulavic was 8-for-12 en route to a 19 point performance. Findley was 3-for-6 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points. Biz Richmann added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Tina Grace connected for 14 points.

The Stormy Petrels will advance tomorrow to host Greensboro College in the second round of the tournament. The Pride defeated Mississippi College 77-70 earlier in the day at the Atlanta regional.