#22 Lady Avengers Fall in Final Seconds to #11 Salt Lake

Freshman Guard Diandra Darosa led all scorers with 18 points in the 58-57 post-season defeat.
Freshman Guard Diandra Darosa led all scorers with 18 points in the 58-57 post-season defeat.

Salina, KS---The ASA College women's basketball had their post-season run ended in the final two seconds in their NJCAA National Championships opening round game this afternoon.  Salt Lake CC managed to corral a loose ball after a miss and lay the ball in for the 58-57 win.  ASA closes the 2014-15 season with a 16-5 overall record.  It was the Avengers third trip in a row to the Division I nationals.  

After a contraversial interruption while freshman forward Cheridene Green was at the foul line, she would calmy knock down both free-throws of a one-and-one opportunity, giving the Avengers the 57-56 advantage with :17 left in the game.  With time ticking down, Salt Lake missed their initial lay-up for the win.  However, the Bruins' Tanesha Daniels became one of the tournament's heroes by scooping up the offensive rebound for the uncontested lay-in.  Consistent all afternoon, she would finish 6-8 from the field with her last basketball being the most important.  

Salt Lake finished with 12 offensive rebounds to ASA's 6.  

Tied 24-24 with 4:53 remaining in the first half, ASA would go on a 7-0 run in the next two minutes.  They would maintain a single-digit lead until the Bruins tied the game 48-48 with 7:11 remaining in the second half.  

Trailing by two points with 2:32 left in the game, freshman forward, Mary Cuevas knocked down a mid-range jumper to tie the game 54-54.  It would be Daniels who gave the Bruins the 56-54 lead with just over a minute to play prior to the drama that unfolded in the final :20 of the game.  

ASA was paced by freshman guard Diandra Darosa's game-high 18 points.  Cheridene Green added 13 points.  Cuevas provided a big spark off of the bench finishing with 10 points on 4-7 from the field.  

Salt Lake will move on to play #6 Iowa Western tomorrow in the second round.