Women’s Basketball ekes out conference win over Brescia

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Ashlyn Jonczak layupPhoto by Robert Cifone


PITTSBURGH --- Carlow University women's basketball escaped with a 62-59 victory over visiting Brescia (Ky.) University in a River States Conference game Thursday at CCAC Allegheny.

The Celtics (8-12, 3-5 RSC) jumped out to an 18-9 lead over the Bearcats (6-16, 2-6 RSC), but Brescia scored 22 points in the second quarter to cut the Carlow lead to 32-31 heading into halftime.

The Celtics narrowly held onto the lead in the second half, out-scoring Brescia, 13-11, in the third quarter.

Each team scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Brescia ran out of time to tie the score. A jumper with just seconds on the clock put the Bearcats within one point. Forced to foul to regain possession, Brescia sent Ashlyn Jonczak (JR/Natron Heights, Pa.) to the line where she sunk both shots for the win.

Each team struggled to find the basket, shooting just 37 percent from the field. The Celtics shot 82.6 percent from the foul line and out-rebounded the Bearcats, 42-34.

The Bearcats put up 29 points off the bench to Carlow's 19, and the Celtics forced 19 Brescia turnovers on the night.

Senior Emma Stille (Westerville, Ohio) added another double-double to her repertoire, leading all scorers with 20 points and pulling down 19 rebounds.

Megan Ost (SO/Apollo, Pa.) and Jonczak added 12 and 10 points respectively.

Keagen Brownlee (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.) dished out six assists on the night, and Stille and Jonczak shot a perfect 6 for 6 from the free throw line.

Carlow hosts Indiana University Southeast Saturday, Jan. 25 for a 1 p.m. game at Donahue Pavilion, Oakland Catholic High School. Admission is free, or links to live coverage can be found at https://bit.ly/WBB_1920.   

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