NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Amber Jacobs drove the lane and threw up a
shot, arching it high over 6-foot-6 Chantelle Anderson. The she
waited as the ball bounced around the rim.
"I knew it was in, even though it was bouncing around. I just
had this feeling, 'That's in,''' Jacobs said Monday night after her
shot fell with 2.5 seconds left in overtime, giving the Eagles an
86-85 comeback victory over Vanderbilt.
It's all happened before to Jacobs. Her jumper with 3.3 seconds
left gave the Eagles a stunning 73-72 first-round victory over
regional host Old Dominion.
"You can't think those last three seconds. It's all a blur to
me,'' Jacobs said.
The fifth-seeded Eagles will be making their first appearance in
the round of 16, and Jacobs thinks their run could just be
starting, even with a likely matchup against No. 1 Connecticut next
"Our first-round loss in the Big East tournament really kind of
put us in a wake-up call that we're a better team than we showed,''
said Jacobs, who scored 25 points.
It took a while for the Eagles to get going Monday night. They
trailed by as many as 13 in the second half but began a late rally.
The Eagles (22-8) finally pulled even on Clare Droesch's putback
with 3:59 left, took the lead on Droesch's banked-in 3-pointer from
25 feet with 2:08 left and had a chance to win with eight-tenths of
a second left.
But with the score tied at 74 and Becky Gottstein due two free
throws, the Commodores burned two timeouts back-to-back before she
missed the first, and Boston College called one before she missed
Gottstein scored 24 points and had eight rebounds before she
fouled out with 2:11 left in overtime. She sat with her head in her
hands in disbelief before Jacobs spared her an agonizing memory
from her last game.
"I just can't say enough about this team and just how awesome
everybody rallied together,'' the senior said. "And I just can't
say enough about Amber being our little savior again.''
Vanderbilt (22-10), seeking its third straight trip to the round
of 16 and its 10th overall, took an 85-84 lead on Hillary Hager's
fifth 3-pointer in as many tries with 12.7 seconds to play in the
When Jacobs made her drive, Anderson had four fouls and couldn't
make a concerted attempt at blocking the shot for fear of fouling
"There's nothing you can think in those split couple of seconds
except, 'Please don't go in,''' said Anderson, who had 28 points
and two blocks.
Earlier, when Gottstein's second free throw bounced out, the
Commodores couldn't help but think that things were going their
"We were like, 'Hey, we got a second chance. Let's make the
most of it,''' Anderson said. "I think we got a lot of energy from
In overtime, Droesch's 3-pointer, a jumper that fell as she was
falling down and a free throw by Brooke Queenan were matched by
Anderson's four points and two free throws by Jenni Benningfield --
her 25th and 26th points, but first since 15:33 remained in
Two free throws by Jacobs gave the Eagles the lead, Anderson's
basket inside tied it, Jessalyn Deveny's baseline 18-footer gave it
back to the Eagles and Hager's fifth 3-pointer set up the dramatic
"We just needed to get one stop and we struggled all night to
get that one stop,'' first-year Commodores coach Melanie Balcomb
Vanderbilt appeared on its way to victory when it opened a 57-46
lead with 11:23 to go, but Jacobs scored 14 of Boston College's
next 21 points, and Droesch pulled them even at 67 with a putback
with 3:59 left.
Ashley McElhiney's second 3-pointer, and first since the opening
90 seconds, gave Vanderbilt the lead back, but Deveny's baseline
jumper and Droesch's banked-in 25-footer gave the Eagles a 72-71
After Anderson made one of two free throws, Gottstein's basket
from underneath with 1:17 left pushed the Eagles' lead to 74-71,
but Hager hit her fourth 3-pointer from the left wing to tie it
with a minute left.