PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 27th, 2010) – In the first game of the Oxy – Caltech Thanksgiving Classic the Tigers faced off against the Dominican University Stars. The Black and Orange clawed back from a five point halftime deficit to force overtime, but the Stars held on just long enough to outlast Oxy in a second overtime, by the final score of 73-68.
Down 32-27 at the half, Oxy used a 16-6 run over the first six minutes to pull ahead 43-38.
The Stars recovered behind the sharpshooting of Becky Christofferson who poured in 12 points, all coming from beyond the arc, to take back the lead late in regulation.
With less than two minutes to play, and Oxy trailing by three, Stephanie Babij corralled an offensive rebound and fought through two Dominican defenders to score the basket and draw the foul. Babij completed the three-point play and the score read 60-60.
Both teams had chances to win it in regulation, but neither team would back down defensively, and as the buzzer sounded both teams were still deadlocked at 60 apiece.
In the first overtime, a jumper by Makenzie Brandon gave the Tigers a 66-64 lead, but consecutive turnovers by the Stars and Tigers gave Christofferson one more chance. With thirteen seconds on the clock, the junior guard curled off a staggered double screen, catching the ball at the top of the key and draining a jumper with two Tiger defenders chasing her.
There would be no heroics in the final overtime, as the Black and Orange would only muster one more basket, but the Stars would knock in seven points to hold on for a 73-68 victory.
Brandon led all scorers with 28 points while Babij finished with 17 points.
Laura Mohler handed out a game high six assists with only one turnover in 48 minutes. Both Mohler and Brandon logged 48 minutes while Babij played the entire 50.
The difference seemed to be that the Tigers were unable to score against the Dominican zone, shooting just 38% from the field and 11% from the three-point line.
Christofferson finished with a team high 23 points, as Dominican looked sharp offensively, shooting 43% from the field, 61% beyond the arc, and 81% from the charity stripe.
That was the only contrasting statistic, as the Black and Orange held a 44-43 rebounding edge, both teams were even with 34 points in the paint and the Stars only outscored the Oxy bench 13-9.
The Tigers (1-3) will return to the familiar confines of Rush Gymnasium for day two of the Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday, November 28th, with a 2PM tip-off against Ohio Wesleyan.
Article by Mike Talamantes, Assistant Sports Information Director