Becca Buchs Offers Late-Game Heroics, TU Advances to Semifinals
UPLAND, Ind. – For the second time this season, Becca Buchs hit the game-winning three-pointer against Mount Vernon Nazarene in Odle Arena. In an eerily similar fashion to their first meeting with the Cougars, the Trojans snuck by the visitors, thanks to a three from Buchs with less than three seconds to go in the contest.
No. 7 TU (28-3) came out on top, 68-66, despite four lead changes in the final two and a half minutes. The victory put Taylor in the Crossroads League Semifinals to face sixth-seeded RV Huntington on Friday.
Mount Vernon Nazarene (18-13) and Taylor entered the fourth quarter knotted at 51 points apiece. Neither team could gain separation, as the largest lead in the period belonged to Taylor at three points.
With just over two minutes to go, MVNU landed a triple to grab its first advantage of the quarter. Buchs answered with a long ball of her own to recapture a two-point edge. The visitors would not go quietly, hitting another three-pointer with just 5.9 seconds left in regulation.
Following a timeout, Haley Stratman passed the ball in to Buchs, who caught the ball in the corner and nailed the shot that gave TU the victory.
Buchs was dominant from the perimeter on Tuesday, connecting on seven shots from beyond the arc for the second-consecutive game. The Angola, Indiana native finished with 28 points to lead all scorers, pushing her career total to 1,367 to rank 12th in program history. The senior also increased her three-pointer count to 119 on the year, while extending her streak to 58 games with at least one made three-point field goal.
Jamie Netzley and Abby Buchs each reached double figures in the scoring column. Netzley sank three long balls on her way to 11 points and nine rebounds. Buchs also grabbed nine boards, while collecting 12 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the planks.
The Taylor squad established its presence on the boards, outrebounding the Cougars who ranked third in the league in rebounds per game, 33-26.
No. 7 Taylor will continue its run in the Crossroads League Tournament on Friday, taking on RV Huntington (21-10) in Odle Arena at 7:00 pm.