Bostad’s buzzer-beater completes second-half comeback against Cameron

STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton needed every single second of the clock to complete a second-half comeback over league rival, Cameron, Saturday afternoon and McKinley Bostad used the final 1.17 seconds to lift the TexAnns to a 69-67 victory.

The Flash Today photos by David Swearingen.

In a tie game with just under 10 seconds left, Tarleton forced a miss from Cameron and Lucy Benson pulled down the defensive rebound that allowed Misty Wilson to call a timeout with 1.17 seconds left on the clock.

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Out of the break, Wilson sent her five TexAnns back on the court with Katie Webster set to throw the ball inbounds.

The senior from Rockwall dropped a dime on the backside of the Cameron defense where McKinley Bostad was waiting for a catch-and-shoot. Bostad banked it home off the glass as the buzzer sounded to lift Tarleton to its 16th win of the season.

The final play completed a comeback for the ages as Tarleton didn’t lead for a single second in the second half.

Tarleton trailed by one at the break and Cameron scored the first bucket of the second half to start a 7-2 surge that put the Aggies up by six with 6:24 left in the third quarter. Tarleton pulled as close as one point in the third quarter but the Aggies ended the quarter on a 5-0 run to take a six-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Cameron was leading by six with 4:08 left in the game when a layup from Mackenzie Hailey sparked the comeback rally with a bucket. Bostad followed up with a layup and two straight free throws to tie the game at 62-62 with 2:37 left.

Cameron scored on back-to-back possessions to take a four-point lead, but Tarleton fought back again with a 4-1 surge to pull within one inside the final minute. The defense stepped up big to force a miss with 21 seconds on the clock. Nina Alvarez pulled down the rebound, was fouled and hit 1-2 free throws to tie the game at 67-67.

Tarleton forced the miss on the ensuing Cameron possession, which Benson hauled in and set up Bostad’s game-winner.

Mackenzie Hailey recorded her second straight double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds to move her into sole possession of fourth place all-time in program history with 26 double-doubles.

Bostad scored 19 points while Webster, who had four assists on the game including the game-winner, scored 10 points. Kylie Collins also reached double figures with 10 points. Alvarez scored eight off the bench while Kaylee Allen rounded out the scoring with two.

Tarleton will have a quick turnaround for their next game when they host Texas A&M-Commerce at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night in Wisdom Gym. Tuesday is ‘Pink Out’ night in Wisdom Gym.

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