GAMBIER — Paige Matijasich buried a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to put a capper on a monster game and a 77-74 victory for the the Kenyon women’s basketball team Wednesday night at Tomsich Arena.
Matijasich inbounded the ball near mid-court to teammate Katie Orefice with 5.8 seconds left, came around a screen before Orefice found her on the left side for the game-winner.
“I was locked in the whole time,” Matijasich said. “I was confident in myself. (Bridget Molnar) set a great screen. I saw an opening and I knew a girl was running at me and I shot it. I knew it was going in once I released it.”
Matijasich scored 27 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead Kenyon. She was 11 of 17 from the field and added three assists in 38 minutes to help the Ladies, who overcame a 10-point deficit in the final six minutes.
Amanda Carroll scored underneath on one possession and added a couple of free throws on the next to pull Kenyon within four with 4:38 remaining. Carroll finished with 13 points and four rebounds for the Ladies (8-13, 5-8).
“We couldn’t let off,” Matijasich said. “If they were coming at us — we had to go back at them. (We had to) make sure that we were executing our plays, our sets and do what we had to do and not worry about what they were doing.”
Then, Matijasich found Ellie Schaub for a basket underneath. She was fouled on the play and converted the free throw to make it 67-66 with 3:55 left.
Schaub scored the basket that put the Ladies ahead for the first time since early in the third quarter at 70-69 at the 2:33 mark.
Matijasich added a basket and a free throw and Molnar added a free throw to cap the 17-2 run with 29 seconds left in the game.
“I think we just had some mental lapses, missed a few shots and then a few stupid fouls that just killed us,” Wooster coach Lisa Panepento said.
But Wooster rallied. Masani Francis knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key off an underneath inbound pass from Aubri McCoy to cut the Scot deficit to 74-72 with 18 seconds left.
After a turnover, Francis was in a similar situation on Wooster’s next possession. She got an inbound pass at the top of the key, pumpfaked to a swarming defense and drove the lane on the left for the tying basket with 5.8 seconds left to set up the final sequence.
Maria Janasko scored 27 points, including 23 in the second half to lead Wooster. She scored 15 of her points in the third quarter to help the Scots build their lead and added eight rebounds and a couple of steals and went 11 of 13 at the foul line for the game.
“She’s motivated,” Panepento said. “She sat for a good portion of the first half and (when) she came in — she was ready to go. They stopped doubling (her), which was good for us.”
Madelyn Anderson had 10 points and four assists and Schaub added nine points and three steals for the Ladies.
Francis had 15 points and four steals; A’Janay Nicholson added 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals and Cat Fiorito dished out four assists to go with six points for the Scots (6-14, 2-9).
Next up, Kenyon hosts Hiram in conference play Wednesday night at 7 p.m.