SPRINGFIELD, Mo — After surrendering a 12 point lead, Liza Fruendt kept more than 2,400 fans in their seat. As the Lady Bears forced overtime during Hall of Fame weekend.
“My adrenaline was rushing. I was actually shaking,” explained Aubrey Buckley. “That’s something we also have to come down from. We have to calm down and realize that we still have 5 minutes to play.”
The game, featured energy and momentum, most of which belonged to Bradley.
“They didn’t look like the momentum was swung our way,” said Kellie Harper.
Vanessa Markert would go head to head with Aubrey Buckley. They would lead all scorers with 10 points through the break.
“It’s not always offense with us. We are a defensive team,” said Buckley.
The Lady Bears Legacy was honored at half. The 1992 Final 4 team hoped their magic would magnify.
Dreams do come true.
“It was a big shot. I had a lot of confidence trying to get her a shot in that situation,” said head coach Kellie Harper in her postgame interview.
In overtime, the fairy dust would settle. They missed on their first 7 field goal attempts. Enough time for Bradley to pull away, as they snap Missouri State’s 4 game winning streak, 75-73.
“I didn’t like the weekend overall,” said Harper. “Hopefully it is just a road bump but we will see this upcoming weekend.”