Women’s Basketball faces tough competition in double overtime loss

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Ashlyn Jonczak shooting a foul shotPhoto by Robert Cifone

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PITTSBURGH --- Carlow University women's basketball narrowly lost to visiting Bryant & Stratton College Rochester, 56-54, in double overtime at Donahue Pavilion Saturday.

After falling behind five points in the first quarter, the Celtics (6-9, 4-3 USCAA) out-scored the Bobcats (9-4), 24-9, in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead into halftime.

Bryant & Stratton held the Celtics to just seven points to cut the Carlow lead to 43-42 at the end of the third quarter.

Both teams struggled to make a basket in the fourth, with the Bobcats tying the game on a foul shot well into the quarter.

Bryant & Stratton led by four points with three minutes remaining in the game, and a foul shot by Ashlyn Jonczak (JR/Natrona Heights, Pa.) cut the lead to three.

The Bobcats helped the Celtics out, missing several jumpers and two free throws that could have easily put the game out of reach as time dwindled off the clock.

With just seconds remaining, Head Coach Albert DeSalvo called a timeout to give his team one more chance on an out-of-bounds play. Jonczak received the ball, took a few dribbles and nailed the three-pointer to tie the game.

Bryant & Stratton missed a shot at the buzzer to send the teams into the first overtime tied, 47-all.

The Bobcats scored first in overtime, but a nice pass by Emma Stille (SR/Westerville, Ohio) to Megan Ost (SO/Apollo, Pa.) in the paint tied the game once again. Bryant & Stratton missed seven shots and two free throws in the first overtime to force the second overtime period with the teams tied, 49-49.

Carlow led by three points with a minute remaining in the second overtime, but Bryant & Stratton tied the game on a trey with under a minute left.

The Bobcats forced a turnover and made a bucket to take the lead with 11 seconds left in the game, and Carlow could not come through with the last-chance opportunity.

Each team looked a bit rusty coming off holiday break, shooting under 30 percent from the field. Carlow shot just 20.4 and the Bobcats shot 25.6 percent.

Neither team shot well from the line, with both teams shooting under 50 percent in a physical matchup.

The Bobcats had 20 blocked shots on the day and out-rebounded the Celtics, 78-66.

Jonczak led the team with 14 points, and Stille put up a double-double with 10 points and 19 boards in the effort. Ost added a double-double of her own with 10 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

Carlow hosts Indiana University Kokomo Tuesday, Jan. 7 for a 6 p.m. River States Conference game. Links to live coverage can be found at https://bit.ly/WBB_1920.

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