Hope 65, St. John Fisher 63 Heidelberg 71, Centre 60
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) _ Dina Disney sank two free throws with no time showing on the clock Saturday night, as Hope won its first NCAA Division III women’s basketball championship with a 65-63 victory over St. John Fisher.
In the consolation game, Dortha Ford’s 23 points led Heidelberg to a 71-60 decision over Centre.
Hope (24-2), playing on its home court, won its the title in its debut appearance in the 8-year-old tournament. St. John Fisher (31-2) of Rochester, N.Y., reached the Final Four each of the past four years.
St. John Fisher led 30-28 at halftime. Then with the score tied 32-32 with 18:55 left, the Lady Cardinals scored 20 unanswered points - seven by Susan Heidt and eight by Michelle Winship - to lead 52-32 with 11:25 remaining.
The Flying Dutch, still trailing 60-47 with 4:13 left, fought back to tie the score, 63-63, on Disney’s 3-point basket with 15 seconds left. Heidt committed an offensive foul with five seconds left but intercepted Hope’s ensuing inbounds pass. Disney was fouled during a scramble for the ball and made both ends of a 1-and-1 for Hope’s winning margin.
The Lady Cardinals managed to get a shot off before the buzzer, but it fell short.
Holly Vandenberg and Michele Sterk added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Hope. Heidt scored 25, Michelle Skovrinski had 14 and Winship finished with 10 for St. John Fisher.
In the consolation game, Ford scored 11 of her points in the first eight minutes to power Heidelberg (27-6) to a 17-10 lead and an eventual 36-28 halftime advantage. Centre (22-8) got no closer than seven in the second half.
Mindy Hill scored 20 points and Kim Clippinger 13 for Heidelberg, of Tiffin, Ohio. Susan Yates scored 18 and Sheila Lloyd 14 for Centre, of Danville, Ky.