Well, ESPN started Women’s History month off right, featuring Edmonds native Danielle Clauson in its SportsCenter “Top Plays” segment Tuesday morning. By the way, March is Women’s History month.
Anyway, Clauson, a senior at Concordia was No. 1 on the list after a last-second, game-winner helped the Cavaliers win the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament championship on Monday. The shot advanced her team to the NAIA national tournament next week.
On an in-bounds play with seven-tenths of a second on the clock, Clauson bounced the ball off an opponent, caught the ball and sank a 10-foot game-winner. Fans stormed Clauson in celebration of the smart play and 63-61 win against The College of Idaho.
“It’s something my dad taught me,” Clauson told Rivals.com Tuesday by phone. “I noticed earlier in the game that her back was to me and they weren’t guarding the inbounder. We had less than a second left, so I said if nobody was wide open for a layup, I’m just going to go for it.”
But alas, Clauson’s fame will only last today. In a poll to take out Wayne Rooney’s bicycle-kick goal for Manchester United as the overall top play, Clauson received 36 percent of the 34,391 votes tallied on ESPN’s site. Washington didn’t even show her love, voting for Rooney, according to a map of votes.
Washington coach Tia Jackson missed SportsCenter running the play due to the Hallmark channel running her favorite series “Matlock,” but was impressed by the description of the play. She also said Washington State guard Jazmine Perkins tried the move against the Huskies in January.
“But she missed, we scooped up the ball and scored,” Jackson said.