The Athenas basketball team beat the University of Redlands 90-83 in double overtime on Saturday night at Ducey Gymnasium. CMS improved to 14-4 overall and 3-2 (t3rd) in SCIAC while knocking Redlands (11-7, 5-2) out of a first place tie in the conference.
The game started off slowly as CMS was one for four from the field and Redlands was 0-5 with three turnovers in the early minutes. The Athenas then exploded on a 19-3 run where they shot 7-9 from the field and went 5-5 from the line while holding the Bulldogs to one for five. Over the next eight minutes, Redlands was able to pull a little closer at 27-12 despite neither team scoring well. The last five minutes saw the Bulldogs catch fire and go on an 18-0 run where they hit four of six shots and nine of 10 free throws. A long two-point buzzer beater by Aria Krumwiede (JR, Scottsdale, AZ) made the halftime score 30-29 Redlands.
The second half was an exciting back and forth game with four lead changes and seven ties. Redlands led by as many as seven, CMS fought back to lead by as many as five and then Redlands came back an led by five with just over three minutes remaining. In those final minutes, Kalika Tullock (JR, Middleton, ID) hit a layup, Jennifer Ringoen (JR, San Mateo [pictured]) scored off an offensive rebound and Tullock hit a free throw to tie the game. Redlands converted two free throws with 19 seconds remaining to retake the lead, but Tullock drove the lane and hit a cutting Madeline Barnes (FR, Kenmore, WA) for wide open layup to send the game to overtime.
In the first overtime, CMS took an early four point lead, but Redlands fought back to lead by two. Ringoen hit a layup with a minute to go to tie it and the Athena defense forced two missed shots and a turnover to send the game into a second overtime. CMS never trailed in the high-scoring final five minutes. The Athenas shot 4-6 from the field and 7-8 from the line and led by as many as eight to pull out the victory.
Krumwiede led the Athenas with 24 points with Tullock scoring 22. Ringoen had a great all-around game with 14 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks, two assists and two steals. Mariah Barbetti-Cort led the Bulldogs. She scored 23 points (including 14-15 from the free throw line), had 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals while playing the entire 50 minutes.
CMS hosts Whittier next Thursday, February 3. Game time is 7:30.