Women’s Basketball second half comeback not enough to eke out a win

Karina Graziani -

Lach passes the ball to BrownleePhoto by Robert Cifone

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RIO GRANDE, Ohio --- Carlow University women's basketball made a comeback in the fourth quarter, but ended up on the losing end of an 80-71 River States Conference game against Asbury (Ky.) University Feb. 23.

The make-up game, originally scheduled for Feb. 1, was played at the University of Rio Grande, a neutral site for both teams. Carlow traveled with just seven players.

The Celtics (9-20, 4-12 RSC) fell behind, 49-36, heading into halftime, but out-scored the Eagles (20-10, 8-8 RSC) in the third quarter, 14-11.

Two treys by Keagen Brownlee (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.), a bucket in the paint by Carly LaZar (FR/Erie, Pa.) and a three-pointer by Kamryn Lach (SO/Bethel Park, Pa.) gave the Celtics their first lead of the game, 61-60, with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles stretched out the lead again, and Carlow brought it back to within three points on another trey by Lach with 1:30 left in the game.

Asbury added a basket and two points off foul shots to lead by seven with under a minute left. A three-pointer by the Eagles extended their lead to 10 as Asbury held on for the win.

Lach led all scorers with 20 points and six treys on the day. She also dished out six assists. Megan Ost (SO/Apollo, Pa.) picked up her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Brownlee added 15 points, including five treys, and LaZar contributed 10 in the effort.

Carlow shot just 54.5 percent from the foul line compared to Asbury's 76.2 percent. The Eagles forced 23 Carlow turnovers.

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