Triple OT Thriller Goes to Iowa Wesleyan

Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics

Iowa Wesleyan College outscored Nebraska Wesleyan University 12-4 in the third overtime period as IWC out lasted the Prairie Wolves 93-85 in a triple overtime thriller on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 29) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the consolation game of the Coe College Women's Basketball Tournament.

Kelly Sanchez hit a 3-pointer with 0:03 remaining in the second overtime period for the Prairie Wolves to send the game to the third overtime.

In the final OT period, NWU ran out of energy and players as all five Nebraska Wesleyan starters fouled out in the game.  Iowa Wesleyan attempted a total of 48 free throws, converting 32 of them while NWU was 22-29 at the line.

IWC (6-2) led by two points with 30 seconds remaining in regulation after a free throw by Dakota Flesner.  On the Prairie Wolves possession, Felicia Tekolste tied the game on a layup with 0:19 left.  Iowa Wesleyan missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer sending the game to overtime.

Sanchez opened the overtime period with a 3-pointer and NWU led the entire overtime, leading 71-69 with 0:32 left after a free throw from Amanda Diaz.  Karla Vietenhoff then hit a basket for IWC with 0:11 remaining to tie the game and send it to a second overtime.

It was Iowa Wesleyan that led for the entire second OT period, including a five point lead with 1:13 to play.  A pair of free throws with 0:05 left by Jana Meister put IWC up by three points.  Sanchez then tied the game with a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

NWU was held without a field goal in the third overtime period until the final minute as Iowa Wesleyan got out to a 10 point lead after a 12-0 run that put the game out of reach.

Felicia TeKolste and Kelly Sanchez each scored 17 points to lead four players who scored in double figures for the Prairie Wolves.  Courtney Cook had 14 points withBridget Bucher scoring 12 with nine rebounds.  NWU was 28-73 from the field and 7-25 from 3-point range.

Iowa Wesleyan hit 11 3-pointers outscored NWU by 10 points at the free throw line.  Karla Vietinghoff scored 26 points to lead the team.