It was somewhat poetic justice that when Jane Schiffler’s basket put the St. Ambrose women’s basketball team up for good over No. 2 Morningside in overtime it was a 3-pointer.
The No. 10 Queen Bees rallied from a double-digit, first-half deficit to upset Morningside 75-72 in overtime at Lee Lohman Arena.
Ambrose trailed by 12 at halftime after struggling against the Mustangs press and watching its opponents can eight of their first 17 3-point attempts — Morningside finished 14-for-42 from behind the arc.
“Our shots weren’t falling,” Queen Bees senior Annie Smith said of the team’s halftime conversation. “We figured they might fall in the second half. All their shots were falling, maybe they’ll miss a few, so it could turn around so easily.”
It did, as Morningside shot 18 percent, and committed 10 turnovers in the second half.
Meanwhile, the the Queen Bees battled back and forced overtime on Smith’s basket in the lane with 58 seconds left.
Ambrose was down 69-67 in OT after sophomore Lauren Cash missed the back end of a pair of free throws, but Queen Bees senior forward Michelle Charvat grabbed the offensive rebound before the ball found its way into Schiffler’s hands for the go-ahead bucket.
“I personally was really frustrated because my shot wasn’t falling in the first half,” Schiffler said. “In the second half, it just clicked for me and for everyone else, too. We were making good passes, we were moving the ball, and then on defense we were getting stops.”
The Bees made only four 3-pointers in the game, with Schiffler hitting three.
Her first drew the Bees within 45-44. Her second gave Ambrose a 62-61 lead in the second half.
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Her final 3-pointer gave her team the lead for good.
SAU’s Smith led all scorers with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Schiffler added 14 points. Chelsie Trask led Morningside with 21 points and nine rebounds.
“I guess they warmed up this basket for us in the first half with 3s because we didn’t make one in the first half,” Ambrose coach Krista Van Hauen said. “You could see her (Schiffler) confidence growing. We practice that and hit those big shots, and she came through.”