Saint Francis (Pa.) Squeaks By Women's Basketball In Overtime, 62-61
LORETTO, Pa. - Mount St. Mary's nearly spoiled Saint Francis (Pa.)'s Northeast Conference (NEC) regular season title hopes, but Brittany Lilley scored a layup with 3.7 seconds left in overtime to give the Red Flash a 62-61 win in women's basketball action on Monday. With the win, the Saint Francis (Pa.) won the regular season and earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament.
Mary Dunn (Whippany, N.J./Morris Catholic) paced the Mount (8-21, 5-13 NEC) with 13 points while Sandra Andresson (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentes School) added 11 points and Ashley Christie (Miamisburg, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) chipped in 10 points in the loss.
Samantha Leach gave the Red Flash (18-11, 14-4 NEC) a 60-57 lead
with 2:06 in the extra session on two free throws. Andresson and
Leah Westbrooks (Dublin, Ireland/Holy Faith Seconary) each hit a
pair at the line to give the Mountaineers a 61-60 lead with 1:20
left. After a Saint Francis (Pa.) offensive foul, Andresson had a
chance to increase the margin but missed two charity tosses with 19
seconds remaining and Allison Daly came down with the rebound with
14 ticks on the clock. Lilley then got the ball and scored off the
glass with 3.7 seconds left to give the Red Flash the lead for
good. The Mountaineers inbounded the ball, but could not get a shot
Leach led all scorers with 26 points while Lilley added 11 points and Alexandra Williams registered 10 points and 11 rebounds in the winning effort.
Mount St. Mary's seemed to have the game in its control midway through the second half after the squad built a 52-37 advantage with 9:35 left. The Mount used a 19-9 run to start the stanza to grab the 15-point advantage. Jessie Kaufman (Damascus, Md./Damascus) powered the run with two 3-pointers, including a trey at 9:35 to give Mount St. Mary's its largest margin of the night.
Saint Francis (Pa.) then used a full court press and a 17-2 run the rest of the way to tie the game and send it to overtime. Leach had seven points during the run.
Mount St. Mary's took the lead with 14:50 left in the first half and maintained the margin the rest of period. Leach outscored Dunn 5-4 to start the game before Mann, Dunn and Grossett each recorded two points to hand the Mountaineers a 10-5 lead at 14:02.
Saint Francis (Pa.) cut the margin to 12-11 with 10:10 on the clock thanks to a 6-2 run with four points coming from Williams. Mount St. Mary's responded with a 14-8 run to grab a 26-19 lead. Grossett and Christie powered the spurt with five points apiece.
The Red Flash rallied to cut the margin to 26-24 after Williams and Leach combined for five points in span of 41 seconds.
The Mount then scored seven of the final 11 points in the stanza to go into the locker room with a 33-28 lead. Dunn and Grossett paced the Mountaineers in the first half with nine points apiece.
Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) finished with six points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals. The sophomore finished as the league leader in steals and ranked second in assists.
The Mountaineers only missed four free throws in the game, but two came in the final five minutes of regulation and two at the end of overtime.
Dunn finished her career as the program's all-time leader in games played and games started with 117 games. The senior ranks 16th in program history for points (1,191), fourth in rebounds (851) and eighth in double-doubles in Division I history (15). Dunn is the fifth player in program history to record 1,100 points and 800 rebounds in her career. Westbrooks ended her career with 569 points and 588 rebounds. The senior ranks 13 in Mount Division I history with six career double-doubles.
Mount St. Mary's ended the season 8-21 overall and 5-13 in NEC play, missing the NEC Tournament for the second-consecutive year.