Idaho State can’t seem to catch a break in the 2021-22 season. Not only has point guard Diaba Konate not suited up all year for the Bengals, but this weekend they also did not have the services of Callie Bourne and Ellie Smith.
In a game dominated by the referee and the whistle (52 foul calls), Idaho State maintained control for almost the entire game even though they shot 28.5% in the 3rd and 25% in the 4th quarters? The Bengals just did not capitalize on the 28 NAU turnovers to pull out the road win.
With the Bengals up 65-64 and possession of the ball with a minute and thirty-one seconds on the clock. The Bengals Estefania Ors was called for a travel with 16 seconds left on the shot clock. The remainder of regulation went back in forth with turnovers, fouls and missed free-throws. The film posted with this blog will show the last 1:31 and how it played out for the Bengals.
In OT the Lumberjacks shot 3 of 4 with two of those 3 FG”s being 3 point daggers by Nyah Moran and Nina Radford. The Player of the game for the Lumberjacks was Sierra Mich’l who came off the bench to pour in 21 points on 5 of 5 from the floor and 11-14 from the FT, 3 steals, and a timely block on Dora Goles to end regulation in 20 min of playing time. NAU’s bench outscored the Bengals bench 40-11. Bengals were led by Goles who posted 20 points on 5-16 shooting (1-6 3FG), 9-9 from the FT, and 4 assists.
Coach Sebolewski and his staff will make sure his players learn from these last parts of the game. He and his staff have also done a remarkable job of keeping his team competitive. Not having 3 starters and still having a chance to win on the road against a tough NAU team is no small task.