“I was prepared to win or lose with the ball in her hands and she did a great job,” he continued.
Vanderlaan-Meyering scored eight of her 11 points in the third quarter, all off of Ruff assists.
“In the first two quarters, they doing a great job on Nat,” Ruff said of the 6-2 Vanderlaan-Meyering. “In the third, that’s when she made like three or four layups in a row and that opened up the outside game more.”
A 6-0 Yellowjackets run at the end of the third quarter gave OHS a 49-43 lead.
Ruff put back a Vanderlaan-Meyering miss, Vanderlaan-Meyering scored inside and DiMartin turned a steal at the top of Oneonta’s 3-2 zone into a layup. DiMartin’s basket made it a six-point spread with 1:37 left in the quarter.
Then the Jugglers went on a 9-1 run that started with a putback by Maggie Sehring with 50 seconds left in the third quarter.
When Anari Harris made the last of Utica Notre Dame’s six three-pointers with 6:35 left, Oneonta’s lead was 50-48.
Durr then tied the score on two free throws with 6:16 left.
A minute later, Durr showed why schools from the Big East and Atlantic Coast conferences are interested in her services.
She grabbed a defensive rebound after Vanderlaan-Meyering missed a free throw and then went to coast-to-coast and finished with a short pull-up jumper to give UND its first lead since late in the second quarter. It made the score, 52-50, with 5:05 to play.
But Durr followed with what was arguably her only poor stretch of the game. Perhaps sensing that a three-pointer might send OHS into panic mode, Durr threw up deep three-point attempts early in the shot clock on the Jugglers’ next three possessions and missed all of them.