By Tom Ramstetter
Ky. - Jessica Canary hit a 3-pointer at the top of the key with
3.7 seconds to play Friday afternoon to give No. 7 seed Indianapolis
University a 73-72 upset win over second-seeded Hillsdale in an
NCAA Division II Midwest Regional quarterfinal game at The Bank
of Kentucky Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.
Indy will play
third-seeded Quincy Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at The Bank of Kentucky
Center in the second semifinal game.
up a play,” Canary said. “We’d been running the
pick-and-pop a lot. We were going to pick, pop and then flare. I
saw a girl go down. I got the ball and Sam (Meissel) set the screen
and I let it fly and it rattled in for us.”
It was the first
game-winner in Canary’s college career and second of her life.
She had hit one to win a game in high school, but this shot easily
topped that one.
Canary said. “It was our rival (in high school), but nothing
close to this.”
The shot completed
a furious late-game rally that erased a 12-point Hillsdale lead
and capped an epic battle between the teams’ post players.
Indianapolis (23-9) trailed 64-52 with less than five minutes to
play as Chargers senior forward Katie Cezat and Indy sophomore forward
Meissel were trading buckets, each on their way to scoring more
than 30 points.
extremely proud of our effort,” Indy coach LeAnn Freeland
said. “I thought we held our composure and remained determined
even when Hillsdale started pulling away in the second half. We’re
very excited about going to round two.”
a 9-0 Indy run after Cezat gave her team a 12-point lead with about
four minutes to play. Junior guard Katie Dewey capped that run with
a 3-pointer to pull the greyhounds within three, 64-61, and the
teams traded baskets down the stretch.
guard Claire Aubrey had a chance to put her team ahead by five with
18.5 seconds to play, but missed two free throws to set up Canary’s
battle that I think we had control of and let Indy back in the game
by letting them hit threes that I felt were open, too open,”
Hillsdale coach Claudette Charney said. “And they hit one
at the end that was the difference.”
Much of the
game was a tit-for-tat between Cezat and Meissel. The Hillsdale
senior scored 36 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Meissel scored
32, three shy of her career high.
doing a good job in the second half executing and getting the ball
inside and going at them,” Cezat said. “But then they
were doing it back at us. Everywhere I looked there was another
screen coming. It’s tough.”
her runs, I made mine,” Meissel said. “I think any run
I wound up having was because my team got me the ball. I think it
was just an all-around team effort. It was kind of a battle for
me and her inside. There were a couple of times where I was like,
oh man I’m so tired. But I didn’t want to give up because
I knew that we could make it to the next round.”
Cezat was six
points shy of her career high of 42 and finished her season with
trying to stop her, to be honest,” Freeland said. “She
is an amazing player and we were doing everything we could to stop
her and we obviously couldn’t stop her. But in the NCAA Tournament
you have to have some luck too. I thought that we had a little bit