SIOUX CITY, Iowa – () Seventh-seeded College of the Ozarks (Mo.) played spoiler again, as the Bobcats upset third-seeded Mayville State (N.D.), 92-87, in overtime Friday afternoon in second round action of the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by State Farm. The victory puts College of the Ozarks in the quarterfinals for the ninth time in program history – first since 2012.
College of the Ozarks entered the championship as one of the NAIA’s most experienced teams with 20 trips in the 23-year history of the event. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 9-4 all-time in the second round.
Sophomore forward Brandy Uchtman emerged as the star for College of the Ozarks, scoring a career-high 25 points, including 14 points in the second half. Uchtman ended the game 12-of-20 from the floor, while also tallying a game-high two blocked shots.
College of the Ozarks received another strong performance from its bench with Jena Raper’s 18 points highlighting the group. In two games at the national championship, the Bobcats’ reserves have outscored their opponents 49-36.
Neither team gained more than a seven-point advantage through the first 38 minutes of play. College of the Ozarks used a 7-0 run, capped by a two-pointer by Maggie McMenamy, to extend its advantage to a game-high 11 points, 64-53, midway through the second half.
However, sophomore guard Liza Hoglo led a Mayville State rally with 10 of the Comets final 26 points. Hoglo’s runner in the paint gave the Comets their first lead, 69-68, since late in the first half with 4:26 remaining. Mayville State pushed the lead out to five with 2:30 left, however College of the Ozarks would not go away, using back-to-back buckets by Uchtman to pull within one.
A pair of free throws made it a 3-point game with 38 seconds left and possession with the Bobcats. Following a timeout, College of the Ozarks missed its first attempt to tie, but an offensive board by Emily Walker – one of three on the afternoon – opened the door for Jeana Raper. Raper received the pass from Walker at the top of the key and wasted no time in draining the 3-pointer to tie the game at 79.
Both teams traded baskets early in the overtime, however timely free throw shooting down the stretch proved enough to give College of the Ozarks the five point win.
For the game, College of the Ozarks shot 45.1 percent (37-of-82) from the field, while Mayville State converted a respectable 42.3 percent (30-for-71).
Senior center Marcisa McMillan led Mayville State with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Hoglo added 16 points and 10 rebounds, respectively.
The Comets, who were playing in the program’s first-ever second round contest, end the year with a 25-4 record.