Women’s Basketball loses close RSC contest against IU Southeast

Karina Graziani -

Carly LaZar dribbles down the courtPhoto by Robert Cifone


PITTSBURGH --- Carlow University women's basketball lost a narrow, 70-65, contest against visiting Indiana University Southeast in a River States Conference game Saturday.

The Celtics (8-13, 3-6 RSC) started off trailing 12-8 at the end of the first quarter. A trey by Kamryn Lach (SO/Bethel Park, Pa.) cut the IU Southeast (13-7, 5-3 RSC) lead to 13-11 in the second quarter.

A bucket by Emma Stille (SR/Westerville, Ohio) - who snagged a steal on the next possession and made a layup on a fast break - gave Carlow a 16-15 lead three minutes into the quarter.

Back to back treys by Angelica Orozco (SO/Filmore, Cali.) and Lach gave the Celtics a 22-19 advantage with under six minutes remaining in the first half.

Carlow trailed, 32-31, at the break, and IU Southeast went on an 11-4 run to start the second half.

Another trey by Lach and a subsequent fast break cut the Grenadier lead to 43-40 with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Orozco sunk a three-pointer to tie the game 47-all with 1:27 left in the quarter.

Sophomore Clara Wilson (Johnstown, Pa.) came up with the and-one to give the Celtics a 52-51 lead immediately in the fourth quarter.

The Grenadiers took the lead with under four minutes remaining in regulation. Orozco's third trey of the night cut the IU Southeast lead to 66-65 with under a minute left on the clock.

A foul on the Celtics sent IU Southeast to the line where they sunk both attempts to make the score 68-65 with just seconds left in the game.

The Grenadiers came up with a blocked shot, and Carlow was forced to foul to regain possession. IU Southeast made both shots to put the game out of reach for the Celtics.

Carlow shot just 33.3 percent from the field on the day and 76.5 percent from the line, while the Grenadiers shot 47.2 and 83.3 percent respectively.

The Celtics forced 22 IU Southeast turnovers, but the Grenadiers scored 10 points off Carlow turnovers. IU Southeast out-scored Carlow, 34-20, in the paint and 17-11 off the bench. Five IU Southeast players scored double-digit points. The Carlow defense held the Grenadiers to only nine offensive rebounds.

Stille and Lach led all scorers with 18 points apiece. Stille pulled down 11 boards and was 8 for 12 from the foul line. Lach had four treys and added four assists. Carly LaZar (FR/Erie, Pa.) dished out six assists, and Stille and Keagen Brownlee (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.) each grabbed five steals.

The Celtics travel to the University of Northwestern Ohio Jan. 27 for a 6 p.m. nonconference game. Links to live coverage can be found at http://bit.ly/WBB_1920.  

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