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Home > University News > 2011 University News

Buzzer Beater Sends Lady Bears To The Final Four

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March 23, 2011 - It wasn't a game for fans of high-flying offense or, as it turns out, those with heart conditions.

With 19 seconds left, the Shaw University women's basketball team trailed Metro State by four points.  Kyria Buford, who had hit only one of her 16 field goal attempts, hit a three to cut the Metro State lead to one.

After tough defense on the inbounds, Brittney Spencer fouled the Roadrunners' Brandi Valencia with six seconds left on the clock.  Valencia missed both attempts.  Demaria Liles pulled down the rebound, tossed the ball to Spencer, and she executed the perfect half-court, cross-court pass to Brittany Ransom.  Ransom dribbled once, spun, and hit the layup as the buzzer sounded and the lights went off, giving the Lady Bears the 46-45 win. 

The win, Shaw's first in three appearances in the Elite Eight, moves them into the Final Four and sets up a match against Clayton State Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (eastern).  The game will be broadcast on WSHA-FM and on nationally on ESPNU.  

"I knew the ball was coming," Ransom said of the final shot.  "I was the farthest black shirt down the court.  I knew I was going to get the ball and I knew I was going to make the shot." 

Buford was less confident when asked about her key three pointer.  "He (Coach Jacques Curtis) never tells me to stop shooting," she said. "I didn't think it was going in - I'd missed all those other shots." 

For the rest of the story, please visit www.ShawBears.com.  Click HERE to read the recap on WRAL.COM! 

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