Women’s Basketball narrowly loses in overtime to Villa Maria (N.Y.)

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Angelica Orozco dribbles down the courtPhoto by Robert Cifone


PITTSBURGH --- Carlow University women's basketball took it down to the wire in a 64-62 overtime loss to Villa Maria (N.Y.) College Monday at Oakland Catholic High School.

The Celtics (2-3, 2-1 USCAA) were down 31-27 heading into halftime and trailed much of the third quarter.

Angelica Orozco (SO/Filmore, Calif.) hit a three with 3:39 remaining in the third quarter to give Carlow a 41-40 edge. A foul shot by the Vikings (3-0) tied the game at 41 all.

Keagen Brownlee (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.) hit another three for the Celtics to lead, 44-41. Another foul cut the lead to 44-43, and a turnover allowed Ville Maria to regain the lead, 45-44, with 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Villa Maria tied the game up 46 all at 8:32 in the fourth quarter, but Kamryn Lach (SO/Bethel Park, Pa.) sunk a three to put Carlow up, 49-46. Carlow extend its lead to five points with 4:37 remaining in regulation after Emma Stille (SR/Westerville, Ohio) sunk both her free throws to give Carlow a 51-46 lead.

The Vikings tied it up, 51-51, at 3:17 and 52-52 at 2:07.

With time winding down on the clock, it looked as though the Celtics would hang on to the lead after Delaney Daly (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) sunk two of her four free throws within 41 seconds to give Carlow a 54-52 advantage. However, Villa Maria made a bucket to tie the game with 16 seconds remaining, and each team missed a three-point opportunity to send the game into overtime.

The Celtics led by six points with 1:38 left in overtime, but the Vikings did not give up. A three-point basket at 1:13 cut the Carlow lead to 62-59, and another tied the game 62-all with under a minute remaining. Villa Maria took the lead, 64-62, after a bucket in the paint.

A steal by Stille with 13 seconds left in overtime gave the Celtics a final chance to score, but Carlow could not get the shots to fall.

Four Celtics put up double-digit points in the effort. Sophomore Megan Ost (Apollo, Pa.) had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. Lach and Daly each added 11, and Orozco had 12. Lach and Orozco had three treys apiece, Daly was 6 for 8 from the line and Stille pulled down 17 boards. Lach also dished out seven assists.

Carlow shot just 23.9 percent from the field, but 60.6 percent from the foul line.

The Celtics travel to Penn State New Kensington Friday, Nov. 15 for a 6 p.m. game. Links to live coverage can be found at https://bit.ly/WBB_1920.

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