Loretto, Pa. (January 20, 2018) – Rookie Daly Sullivan nailed a last-second three-pointer to force overtime, but Saint Francis U outlasted Mount St. Mary's in the extra period to escape with a 92-88 victory on Saturday afternoon at DeGol Arena.
The Mountaineers held a one-point advantage following a Sullivan three with 55 seconds remaining in overtime, but Jessica Kovatch answered on the other end with a three of her own as the Red Flash re-took a 77-75 lead with 39 seconds on the clock. After a Mountaineer miss, Ace Harrison was fouled and made 1-of-2 from the line to pad the Red Flash lead to 78-75.
On the Mount's next possession, Sullivan's potential game-tying three-pointer rimmed out and Kyasia Duling pulled down the rebound. Duling attempted to advance the ball up court, but Ashlee White intercepted her pass and found an open Sullivan in the corner. Sullivan's three went down this time with some help from the glass, and tied the contest at 78-78 with just four seconds remaining. SFU's last-second half-court heave came up short, as the two teams headed to overtime.
The Mount and SFU traded buckets through the opening portion of overtime before White's and-one conversion put the Mount on top by a pair. Duling converted on the other end to tie things back up, and the teams remained deadlocked heading under the two-minute mark.
With just 1:22 showing on the clock, Kovatch nailed another three-pointer off a feed from Duling to give the Red Flash a 90-87 advantage. Caroline Hummell was fouled on the ensuing possession and knocked down 1-of-2 from the line to make it a two-point game with 1:07 left in the extra period.
The Mountaineers forced a miss on the other end from Harrison, and White pulled down the defensive rebound for the Mount. White pushed the ball down court, but couldn't convert the layup in the lane as SFU came down with the board.
With a two-point lead and possession, Duling forced a pass that was stolen by White once again. White was tripped up by an SFU defender, and went to the line with a chance to tie the game. The sophomore rimmed out on both free throw attempts, and Duling collected the rebound before getting intentionally fouled by Hummell.
Duling also misfired on both foul shots for the Red Flash, but Kovatch was able to rip away the offensive board, and was sent to the line after a foul by Sullivan. Kovatch sank both free throws to push the SFU lead to 92-88 with just 11 seconds remaining. The Mountaineers turned the ball over on the next possession, as SFU escaped with the 92-88 victory.
With the win, SFU moved to 10-8 overall and 5-1 in the NEC, while the Mount dropped to 6-12 overall and 3-4 in conference.
Hummell netted a team-high 21 points for the Mount on 8-of-12 shooting and a 3-of-4 mark from long range, while also pulling down seven rebounds. Sullivan tied her career-high with six three-pointers on 12 attempts to finish the contest with 20 points. Ashlee White chipped in with 17 points and four rebounds in her first game back from injury, and Juliette Lawless was the other Mountaineer to reach double-figures, finishing with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Cailyn Kroll led all scorers in the contest with 27 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the field. Duling and Ace Harrison tallied 16 points apiece and combined for 25 rebounds as the duo both finished with double-doubles.
Mount St. Mary's opened a 29-24 advantage at the end of the first in what was a fast-paced, high-scoring quarter. The Mountaineers shot 9-of-15 (.600) from the field and 6-of-8 (.750) from three-point range in the period. Hummell went a perfect 4-for-4 overall and 2-for-2 from downtown, and Sullivan posted a 3-of-4 mark from deep as the two combined for 19 points in the stanza.
The Mount St. Mary's defense held Saint Francis U to just four points in the opening six-plus minutes of the second quarter, as the Mountaineers opened a 36-28 advantage during the stretch. The Red Flash heated up over the next two minutes, going on a 9-2 run to cut the Mount lead to 38-37 with 1:13 showing on the clock.
Hummell converted a three-point play on the next possession to make it a 41-37 game, and both teams were held off the board in the final minute of play, sending the Mountaineers into the halftime break with a four-point advantage.
Mount St. Mary's shot 41.9 percent overall in the half and went 6-for-12 (.500) from downtown. SFU registered a 37.8 percent mark from the field, but went just 3-for-14 (.214) from three-point range in the half.
Mount St. Mary's heads back home for a matchup against first-place Robert Morris on Monday, January 22 at 7 p.m.