From staff reports
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa —
Iowa Western, ranked 16th in NJCAA Division I women’s basketball, handed Crowder a 65-64 loss on Wednesday night.
The way it happened was very unusual.
Crowder took a 64-63 lead — 6.7 seconds was left on the clock — as Terai Sadler scored on the inside off a pattern, Crowder coach Tina Robbins said.
But a collision of two players before the ball was inbounded sent a Reiver to the foul line for two shots.
However, the fouled player, who was 6 of 11 from the line in the game, claimed injury, and the Reiver wound up with perhaps the ideal substitute at the line — 88 percent free throw-shooting Leighlani Paselio.
Paselio, a 5-foot-6 freshman from Hawaii, nailed the charities — her only points — and Iowa Western, 16-2 overall, had its 12th straight home win this season.
“We missed a decent look at a 3,” Robbins said of Crowder’s ensuing possession.
“We gave up 23 offensive rebounds,” Robbins lamented, “You won’t beat people doing that.”
Crowder, 13-3, led 31-27 at the half.
“Give our players credit for fighting and clawing,” said Robbins, whose team was minus Veronica Amos because of sickness.
Sadler, a 5-11 sophomore, scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Sarah Sagely added 14 points.
Camila Lacerda had nine points and four assists for Crowder. Caprese Marshall added three assists and Sagely nipped Seleena Neal 3-2 for the team lead in steals.
Leah Scott, a 6-0 veteran, paced Iowa Western with 19 points.
The Reivers journey to Neosho to face Crowder at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6.