Hastings (Neb.) Wins on Bruckman Buzzer-Beater
By: Adam Maser, Hastings (Neb.) Sports Information Director
OMAHA, Neb. - Cami Bruckman was in the right place at the right time after Abby Jackson missed the potential go ahead bucket with just seconds remaining against College of Saint Mary Tuesday night. Bruckman pulled down the offensive rebound and put it back with :01 remaining to lift the No. 16 Broncos to the upset of NAIA No. 12 CSM Flames, 72-71.
After trailing 37-35 at the half, Hastings and CSM would battle back and forth during the second half. The Broncos would lead by as many as five including 66-61 before the Flames would come storming back.
After Laurel Zwiener made two free-throws, CSM would go on a 8-to-2 run to lead 69-68 with just over a minute remaining. Shanelle Farmer would help the Broncos regain the lead with a jumper with :32 remaining.
The Flames would go to its star Deaundra Young as she would score two of her game high 26 points with just :20 remaining to regain the lead 71-70. The Broncos would get one more chance as Bruckman would give the Broncos the road upset win.
Bruckman would finish with a double-double scoring 20 points and pulling down ten rebounds. Jamie Van Kirk along with Zwiener each scored 19 points each.
With the win, Hastings improves to 12-2 (4-2) on the year and will be back in action Saturday Dec. 21 as GPAC foe Mount Marty comes to town with tip-off set for 2:00 p.m. at Lynn Farrell Arena with the men to follow.