Ruff then tied the score at 52 with 3½ minutes left, getting a friendly roll on a 10-foot leaner in the lane.
Oneonta took the lead for keeps with 1:35 to play. Baker tried a contested a 10-footer from the left side that was too strong, but Vanderlaan-Meyering grabbed a rebound over a UND player. She then kicked a pass out to an uncovered Ruff at the top of the key. Ruff hit the last of her five three-pointers to make it 55-52.
“I had total confidence she would make that because I looked around and there were no defenders in sight,” said Vanderlaan-Meyering, who finished with seven rebounds.
Added Ruff: “It was great awareness by Nat. There were two people on her because she was doubled the whole night. I just yelled her name. She passed it and I just chucked it up there.”
Meanwhile, the Yellowjackets’ 3-2 zone made things very difficult on Durr over the closing stretch. On several possessions in the fourth quarter, four OHS defenders took turns keeping Durr from penetrating into the lane, something she did with great effectiveness while scoring 16 points in the first half.
Durr would start on the right side against DiMartin, then as she dribbled left, she’d was met by Ruff, then Webster and then Baker.
“At halftime, we said if she was getting a ball screen, we had to come foot-to-foot,” Miller said. “That way, she wouldn’t be able to split the defense and get into the lane. We needed five girls guarding. We needed to be each other’s eyes and each other’s voices. We had to buckle down and that zone we ran had a lot of man principles.”
With about a minute left, Durr shot an airball on a three-pointer that resulted in a shot-clock violation, but UND still had a chance after Ruff missed a three with 30 seconds to play.