San Diego State’s women’s basketball lost to Boise State 69-67 in overtime Saturday at Viejas Arena. With 3.1 second left, A’Shanti Coleman made the game-winning layup for the Broncos.
The lead up to the final shot and overtime didn’t lack excitement.
Sophia Ramos ended the fourth quarter on a mission. She stole the ball with less than a minute left and tied the game 57-57.
On the next possession, SDSU forced a stop but allowed an offensive rebound which led to the Broncos regaining the lead. The Aztecs were outrebounded by 16 on Saturday .
“We just made some defensive errors down the stretch.” head coach Stacie Terry-Hutson said, “We got killed on the glass, we lost the defensive battle and obviously we need to make our free throws.”
Ramos was able to move past the mistake, get in the lane, and draw the foul. She knocked down both free throws and ensured overtime for the Aztecs.
In overtime, the Aztecs trailed by four points but were able to tie the game 64-64. Tea Adams fouled a three point shooter with just over one minute left, but Riley Lupfer only made one of three.
On the Aztecs’ next possession they came up empty and the Broncos capitalized on a defensive lapse, which pushed their lead to three.
However, Ramos began to shine again. She hit a three with 28.5 seconds left and tied the game.
Ramos finished the game with 25 points and 14 rebounds, which is a new career high in rebounds.
“The posts are doing a great job of blocking out.” Ramos said, “I get to do the easy part, fly in and get the ball.”
Coleman’s layup sealed the deal, but the Aztecs did have one more chance. Redshirt senior Taylor Kalmer threw up a floater but it didn’t draw iron.
“That one sucks,” Kalmer said, “It’s a dagger.”
Kalmer finished with 19 points, which extends her streak of scoring at least 10 points per game to 21. The Aztecs have been led by Ramos and Kalmer all season, but the team lacks a consistent third scoring option.
Today, they had one in Adams. She finished with 12 points on 14 shots.
“I thought she was aggressive.” Terry-Hutson said, “When she does that, we can get into the high sixties or seventies. Having a third scorer will help us down the stretch.”
The Aztecs will play at UNLV next Saturday, then return home on Feb. 27 for senior night.