Angeline Finazzo Shoots Lady Ravens Into Elite Eight

Lady Ravens Win on Last-second Shot

  • Friday, March 10, 2006

SIUOX CITY, Iowa - When sophomore guard Angeline Finazzo took a pass from classmate Nicole Reilly with the clock running out she knew what she had to do.


She knew that she had to shoot the ball because that was the play that Lady Ravens head coach Chad Folsom called in the Lady Ravens final huddle with six seconds left the game.


One catch, the ball was supposed to go to Finazzo behind the 3-point arc, only she was supposed to get it sooner.


As it turned out, Reilly got Finazzo the ball in the right spot and she knocked it down to give the Lady Ravens a 56-55 win over Doane (Neb.) College.


“After I let it go, I knew it was going in,” Finazzo said. “I can’t really describe how it feels.”


“The play was designed to come from Nicole (Reilly) to Angeline,” Folsom said. “Only the first time she wasn’t open off the screen. “We got the ball into Nicole and they just kind of improvised from there.”


For Finazzo it was her second game-clinching shot in the last three games. Against MidAmerica Nazarene in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship game she canned a 3-pointer to extend the Lady Ravens lead from two points to five late in the game.


The Lady Ravens hit just six 3-pointers in the second half, none bigger than Finazzo’s.


Finazzo anchored a Lady Ravens bench that outscored Doane’s, 25-10. She was the second leading scorer for the Lady Ravens with 11 points while senior forward Emily Smith led the way with 13 points.


“Both teams played great defense,” Folsom said. “We started shooting better in the second half but we weren’t knocking down our shots for awhile there in the second half.”


The Lady Ravens advance to an 8 p.m. game in the Elite Eight tonight against the No. 2-seeded team in the entire tournament, the College of the Ozarks.