COLUMBIA - Twentieth ranked Lyon College upset 15th ranked Columbia College 73-69 in an overtime game at the Arena of Southwell Complex on Saturday.
The loss was the first for the Cougars in 19 games. Columbia College's last loss came against MidAmerica Nazarene University on Dec. 5. The Columbia College and Lyon College are now tied atop the America Midwest Conference standings with identical 15-1 records in conference play.
The win for Lyon College could have big implications in the next two weeks. Both teams have two games left in the regular season, on Thursday and Saturday. The team with the best conference record will host the AMC Conference Tournament.
Columbia College took an 18-9 lead when Danielle Ingrum hit a 3-pointer with 10:31 left in the first half.
Columbia College coach Mike Davisfelt Columbia lost the game after they lost the lead.
"We're up 18-9 and have a couple turnovers that lead directly to layups and easy baskets," Davis said. "That was a key point in this game."
Both teams played a fast and physical game in the first half. Lyon did not get its first team foul until nine minutes into the game. On the other hand, Columbia College's Heather English, Aqua Corpening and Tierney Siefert already had two fouls, each with seven minutes left in the first half.
Neither team seized momentum in the second half. Lyon College led 43-36 and took its largest lead of the game with 13:34 left in the second half. Columbia rallied, though. With 8:03 left, the Cougars surprised Lyon with a full court press. It forced a steal, and Teeple hit a jump shot to put Columbia up, 48-47.
Seifert added a basket to tie the game again at 58-58 with 1:56 left in the second half. Lyon's Suzanne Fincham made a shot and was fouled in the middle of the paint with 1:34 left. Her free throw put the Scots up by three, 61-58.
Teeple answered by hitting a 3-pointer for Columbia College with 57 seconds left to tie the game at 61. With 31 seconds left, and the shot clock at 6, the Cougars had all the momentum. However, one of the referees mistakenly believed Lyon tried to take a timeout. After the whistle, Lyon reset, but Columbia forced a missed shot.
The Cougars got the ball back with 23.1 seconds left. Seifert slowly dribbled the ball up the court with the score tied. She passed the ball to English just outside the three point arch on the right side of the court. English drove hard to the basket with time winding down. She collided with the defender just under the basket as she put the ball up. The ball bounced twice on the rim before it bounced in. The referee threw his arm up and pointed to the other end of the court, though, calling an offensive foul on English and negating the winning score.
Because of the physical style of play, Davis and English were surprised the referees made the call.
"That was a bogus call," English said. "They hadn't called a charge all night and they called it in the last second of the game."
Although both teams traded baskets and momentum at the end of regulation, Lyon seized the momentum in overtime. Teeple fouled out with 3:38 left, a key loss for Columbia College. Lyon was up 65-63 at the time. Fincham made one of two free throws to put the Scots up by one.
Columbia rallied and took the lead when Lily Abreu hit a layup to put the Cougars up 67-66.
Phagen Altom scored five points in the final 1:47 to put Lyon College up for good. Corpening brought the Cougars within two points with 10 seconds left, but Lyon's Debbie Onukwube hit both free throws to ice the win.
English led the Cougars in scoring with 16 points in the game. Teeple also had 15 points for Columbia College.