BELOIT - With three flicks of Mara Fowler's right wrist, nearly 12 years of history was flushed away.
Fowler hit three 3-pointers in the final two minutes and Beloit Turner rallied to defeat Brodhead 43-42, marking the Trojans' first win over the Cardinals since Jan. 5, 2006.
The win was clinched only when a running three-pointer by Erin Nyhus hit the rim and bounded away at the buzzer, triggering a joyous celebration among the Trojans.
Brodhead led 38-33 with 2:31 to play when Carson Nitz, Turner's leading scorer on the season, fouled out. It was then that Fowler decided to dial long distance.
Her first trey came with 2:23 remaining, and brought Turner within 38-36. The next came with 1:34 left, and put the Trojans up 39-38. After Nyhus tied the score at 40-40 with a bucket with 50 seconds left, Fowler completed the trifecta with another bomb to make it 43-40 with 25 seconds left.
Nyhus hit two free throws to make it 43-42 with 5.1 seconds left. After a pair of misses by Turner, the Cards called timeout with 3.1 seconds remaining, and little doubt as to who would be attempting that game-winning shot. Working off a double screen, Nyhus caught the ball at the free throw line extended, dribbled three times and let it fly from around 30 feet, a remarkably solid shot given the circumstances.
"I really didn't think I'd get that good of a shot," Nyhus said. "I knew I had time for three dribbles, and I was able to get a clean look at the basket."
Turner coach Nick Faralli said his team tried to deny Nyhus the shot.
"They did a really nice job of getting her free," Faralli said. "We were hoping to at least make her catch the ball facing her own basket, but she got her momentum heading towards the hoop. Erin is a great player. She ended up with 24 points tonight, and even with that I thought we did a great job on her. There's a reason she was conference MVP as a junior."
Fowler said she knew someone had to step up and make a play.
"I wasn't making my shots early in the game,' Fowler said. "But I knew my team needed a spark, especially when Carson fouled out. Making those shots did that. Somebody had to step up, and I was proud to do that."
The Trojans were led by Fowler and Nitz, each of whom had 12 points, while senior Elise Metzger had 11. No one besides Nyhus scored more than four points for the Cardinals.
Turner, who won the game despite going just 6-for-20 at the free throw line, will host Harvard in non-conference action Monday night.