NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - For the second-straight game, Mount St. Mary's attempted to rally from a double-digit deficit and win the game in overtime. Central Connecticut State had other ideas and held on for a 77-73 overtime victory against the Mount in Northeast Conference (NEC) women's basketball action on Monday.
Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) paced the Mountaineers (8-9, 4-2 NEC) with 18 points, six rebounds and four steals. Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Rachel Mathews (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) notched a career-high 13 points and Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W. Va./Martinsburg) chipped in 11 points in the loss.
Mount St. Mary's rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to take a 63-61 lead on a Brewer layup with 58 seconds left, but Jessica Babe hit a jumper with 34 seconds on the clock to even the score and each team had a shot in the final eight seconds, but could not convert to send the game to overtime.
In the extra session it was a back-and-forth battle at the start, but after Henderson gave the Mount a 68-66 lead on a layup at 3:52 mark, the Blue Devils (10-7, 4-2 NEC) scored the next eight points to take the lead for good. Johnna Fisher tied the game with two free throws at 3:26 before Lauren Arbogast nailed a jumper with her feet on the 3-point line at 2:39 to give Central Connecticut State the lead for good. Jaclyn Babe scored in the lane at 1:57 and her sister Jessica Babe made 1 of 2 at the free throw line with 48 seconds left in overtime. Kaley Watras converted the second of two free throws with 36 ticks left to hand the Blue Devils a 74-68 margin.
The Mountaineers attempted to mount a comeback for the second time on the night. Jenn Carney (Drexel Hills, Pa./Archbishop Spalding) nailed a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to make it a three-point game, but Jaclyn Babe made 1 of 2 at the line with 17 seconds remaining to restore a four-point edge at 75-71. Mann scored in the lane with eight seconds left only to see Jaclyn Babe end the Mount's comeback hopes with two free throws with seven seconds left to secure the victory.
Jaclyn Babe paced Central Connecticut State with 26 points and nine rebounds. Watras added 15 points and nine rebounds while Arbogast tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Blue Devils recorded 59 boards in the contest and had five players with at least nine caroms.
Mount St. Mary's took the early lead before the Blue Devils grabbed the advantage and had to score a basket in the waning minute of the contest to send the game into overtime where Central Connecticut State earned the victory.
The Mount came into the contest leading the NEC in league games in field goal percentage (46.0 percent) and free throw percentage (78.8 percent), but the Mountaineers shot 38.2 percent from the field and 61.1 percent at the charity stripe on the night.
Mount St. Mary's jumped out to a 17-10 lead in the first seven minutes of the game before Central Connecticut State closed the first half on a 28-12 run to take a 38-29 advantage going into the locker room.
Mount St. Mary's started the game by scoring nine of the first 11 points in the first three minutes to take a 9-2 lead. Brewer had five points and Mathews posted four points in that span. Central Connecticut State trimmed the score to 9-6 before Jessie Kaufman (Damascus, Md./Damascus) and Mathews each recorded a basket to maintain the seven-point margin. Arbogast and Henderson traded points to give the Mount a 17-10 lead before the Blue Devils ended the half on a run to take the lead at the break.
After Henderson gave the Mount a 17-13 lead with 13:08 left in the first half, the Blue Devils used a 10-2 spurt to take the lead until the final minute of the game. Watras started the run with a trey at 12:54 before she scored in the paint at 12:12 to make it a two-point game. Jaclyn Babe tied the tilt at 17 at 11:20. After Henderson hit a jumper to reclaim the edge for the Mountaineers at 11:02, Jaclyn Babe drilled a 3-pointer at 10:47 to hand Central Connecticut State a 20-19 margin.
The Blue Devils scored 18 of the final 28 points to take a nine-point edge at the break. Jaclyn Babe had seven points in that stretch and 16 in the first half while Arbogast nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to help extend the advantage at the break.
Central Connecticut State started the second half by scoring 13 of the first 23 points to take its largest lead at 51-39 with 11:23 left in the game. The Mountaineers closed regulation on a 24-12 spurt to send the game into overtime, including a 16-4 run over a span of five minutes to take its first lead since the first half at 63-61 on a Brewer basket with 58 seconds left. Mathews and Henderson both had four points in that stretch.
The Blue Devils then tied the game with 34 seconds left and won the game in the extra session.
Three of the first six league games have gone to overtime for the Mountaineers. The squad is 1-2 in those contest and 3-0 when the game ends in regulations.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday to conclude a five-game road trip at Robert Morris. Game time is 4 p.m.