Photo by Robert Cifone
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
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
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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