DSC basketball: Storm fall short in double OT loss to No. 19 Grand Canyon
After the free throws by Brown, the Lopes missed a jumper with 18 seconds left and all the Red Storm needed to do was secure the rebound, but GCU maintained and called a timeout to draw up their final play with 12 second remaining.
Smith took the ball at the top of the arc and drove down the left side and popped a 12-footer to put the Lopes ahead 73-71 with five seconds left.
The Storm had a chance, and needed to go the length of the court, but could not get a shot off before time expired.
"I am proud of our fight, but we needed more players to step up tonight. Especially down the stretch, we needed to rebound better down the stretch," Kristensen said.
Dixie State shot 43.3 percent (29-67) from the field and outrebounded the Lopes 48-45 but committed 21 turnovers that helped fuel the GCU comeback. Erica Hayes (East Palo Alto, CA/Menlo-Atherton) added 11 points off the bench for DSC.
Grand Canyon shot just 35.8 percent (29-81) and was led by four players in double figures. Smith scored 16 points, two of which were the game winner. Deanna Daniels recorded a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Judy Jones chipped in 14.
"It was a great game played by two great teams unfortunately we came up short," Kristensen concluded. "But we can't think about it very much we have to turn our focus to Azusa Pacific"
Dixie State travels to Azusa, Calif., for a matchup with Azusa Pacific on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. MT.
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