The Carlow women’s basketball team earned its first River States Conference win of the season Jan. 20, defeating Brescia, 54-43, at Oakland Catholic.
Emma Stille (SO/Columbus, Ohio) led the Celtics (3-11/1-7/2-2) with 20 points and a career-high 23 rebounds for her ninth double double of the season. She also added two blocks and two assists.
She scored eight points of the Celtics’ first 10 points as they took a 16-8 lead with a strong first quarter. At halftime, Carlow was ahead, 26-19. But the Bearcats (8-12/4-4) fought back, and the third quarter was back-and-forth.
However, Alexis Yanief (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.), who finished with 10 points, hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to put the Celtics ahead, 37-36, heading into the final frame.
It gave Carlow momentum to pull away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bearcats, 17-7. Stille and Yanief had five points apiece and Carlow shot 50 percent (5-of-10) from the field in the quarter.
The Celtics did not shoot particularly well overall — 31.1 percent (19-of-61) from the field, 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from 3, and 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the foul line. However, they held Brescia to 24.6 percent (15-of-61) from the field, 15 percent (3-of-20) from 3, and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free-throw line. The Celtics also out-rebounded the Bearcats, 45-39.
Carlow forward Sami Simpson (SR/Bethel Park) added six points, five rebounds and three blocks. Kayla Brownlee (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Reanna Turner (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.) each tossed four assists.
Brescia was led by Kelsey Kirkpatrick, with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Celtics next play at Penn State Beaver on Tuesday, Jan. 23.