No. 24 Texas Tech Loses 2OT Heartbreaker to Penn State 78-72|
Dec. 4, 2005
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Courtney Molinaro scored on a breakaway layup and hit three key foul shots, and Kamela Gissendanner finished with 34 points, helping Penn State overcame big shots by Erin Grant and beat No. 24 Texas Tech 78-72 in double overtime on Sunday.
Romana Vynuchalova also hit two late foul shots as the Lady Lions (3-3) pulled away in the second overtime after squandering a 13-point lead in regulation.
After a desperation 3-pointer by Texas Tech's Judith Smith bounced off the rim as time expired, the Lady Lions raised their arms and exchanged hugs at center court.
Grant hit a layup with 3:16 left in the second overtime to give Texas Tech (2-5) a 65-63 lead. But Penn State rallied behind the play of Molinaro and Gissendanner.
With 32 seconds remaining, Gissendanner grabbed a defensive rebound, then found Molinaro for a layup to give Penn State 75-70 advantage.
Texas Tech is in danger of falling out of the Top 25 for the first time since 1992.
Grant tied the game at 46-all with 3 seconds left in the regulation on an off-balance jumper from the free throw line, then tied it again at 59-all in the first overtime with a desperation 3-pointer from the right wing with time expiring. She finished with 28 points and hit all 14 of her foul shots.
Adrienne Squire had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Penn State.