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Flash women topple CCSU in overtime thriller

January 7, 2014
The Altoona Mirror

NEW BRITAIN - The St. Francis University women's basketball team earned an overtime victory over Central Connecticut State, 106-97, on Monday evening to earn its first Northeast Conference win of the season.

The Red Flash (3-10, 1-1) outscored the Blue Devils (6-6, 0-2) 21-12 in the overtime period and put up their second-highest offensive output in school history with the 106 total points. It was the most points SFU has scored since Jan. 10, 2004.

Alli Williams poured in 27 points and added eight rebounds and six assists. Bridget Murphy set another career-high with a 24 point effort; the freshman shot 7-of-10 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line.

"We missed some free throws late in regulation that we should have had, I was proud of how we battled in overtime," SFU coach Joe Haigh said.

Alexa Hayward posted another 20-point game, her fourth of the season. Aisha Brock and Erin Blaine also posted 10 points to round out the SFU players in double-figures.

"In order for us to really make some noise in Northeast Conference play we must have the younger kids continue to step up," Haigh said.

Hayward keyed the scoring to start the game, the junior knocked down three triples in the first four minutes of the contest to spark a lead for SFU. The Flash would go on to lead by as much as eight halfway through the period.

Central Connecticut then went on 23-9 run to take an eight point lead of its own. SFU battled back and after a Murphy short jumper with 20 seconds to go, SFU trailed by just three at the break.

CCSU extended its lead in the second half to 11 at the 7:09 mark. SFU embarked on a 21-6 run over just 3 minutes of play to regain the lead. The run was sparked by Murphy who notched five straight points.

Lauren Arbogast nailed a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left in regulation for the Blue Devils to take an 85-84 lead. Alli Williams got to the free throw line and knocked down 1-of-2 to tie the game at 85.

St. Francis capitalized on its free throws in the overtime period and pulled away for good.

Seventy-four total fouls were called in the contest, SFU converted on 40-62 free throws, while CCSU notched 27-40.

St. Francis will return Loretto for the first time in over a month as it takes on Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m. inside DeGol Arena.

ST. FRANCIS (3-10, 1-1 in NEC): Stokes 1-6 2-4 4, Hayward 6-19 5-5 20, Keegan 2-2 0-0 4, Williams 7-15 12-21 27, Phillips 1-4 0-0 2, Blaine 3-5 4-8 10, Taylor 1-2 0-2 2, Brock 1-7 7-8 10, Allison 0-0 0-0 0, Murphy 7-10 9-12 24, Archer 1-4 1-2 3, Bethel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals - 30-75 40-62 106.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE (6-6, 0-2 in NEC): Arbogast 9-17 4-6 24, Bailey 1-3 0-0 2, Watras 0-7 0-0 0, Babe 3-3 1-2 7, Thomas 5-8 4-4 14, Miller 1-6 6-10 8, Makins 6-13 6-7 18, Ferguson 2-5 0-0 6, Epps 1-3 1-2 3, Fisher 3-4 3-5 9, Malone 2-4 2-4 6. Totals - 33-73 27-40 97.

Halftime-CCSU, 44-41. 3-point goals-St. Francis 6-22 (Hayward 3-9, Murphy 1-2, Brock 1-4, Williams 1-5, Phillips 0-2); CCSU 4-15 (Ferguson 2-4, Arbogast 2-7, Bailey 0-1, Watras 0-3). Assists-St. Francis 10 (Williams 6); CCSU 16 (Makins 4). Rebounds-St. Francis 53 (Williams 8); CCSU 52 (Miller 8).

Juniata wins

WILKES-BARRE - Juniata College women's basketball team used a strong first half to defeat Wilkes University, 62-52.

Juniata (7-5) led for more than 35 minutes of the contest and held Wilkes (2-8) to a season-low point total.

"I think we had one of our better games defensively," Juniata coach Danny Young-Uhrich said. "We played team defense. We still have a whole lot of stuff to work on but I think we played well defensively. This is our last non-conference game so it was good to end with a W. It's good momentum for Saturday."

Senior Kate McDonald netted her fifth 20-point performance of the season. She finished with a game-high 22 points and team-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Paige Dennison regrouped from a slow start and put up 12 points of her own in the second half.

The Eagles remain on the road and reopen conference play Saturday at the University of Scranton in a double header with the men.

The Juniata women tipoff at 4 p.m. in the nightcap.

JUNIATA (62): Leamer 2-6 2-2 6, Livoti 3-11 1-3 7, McDonald 6-10 10-11 22, Hileman 2-6 4-4 8, Dennison 4-14 2-4 12, Photiades 0-1 1-2 1, Halfpenny 0-2 0-0 0, Sherman 2-6 1-2 6, Hayden-Pless 0-1 0-0 0, Yerger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals - 19-58 21-28 62.

WILKES (52): Stambone 6-21 3-4 16, Smelas 1-4 0-2 2, Mesaros 0-4 0-0 0, Brown 4-11 0-1 8, Rich 4-10 1-4 9, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Brahm 0-1 0-0 0, Oertner 1-4 0-0 2, Perles 1-2 1-2 3, Campbell 4-5 0-0 10, Edwards 1-1 0-0 2. Totals - 22-63 5-13 52.

Halftime-Juniata, 28-16. 3-point goals-Juniata 3-18 (Dennison 2-7, Sherman 1-4, Livoti 0-2, Hileman 0-2, Halfpenny 0-2, Yerger 0-1); Wilkes 3-12 (Campbell 2-2, Stambone 1-8, Mesaros 0-1, Brahm 0-1). Assists-Juniata 16 (McDonald 5); Wilkes 10 (Four with 2). Rebounds-Juniata 43 (McDonald 11); Wilkes 48 (Rich 14).

Records: Juniata (7-5); Wilkes (2-8).

PSU Altoona falls

A key run by Shenandoah University during the second half against Penn State Altoona men's basketball helped the Hornets defeat the Lions, 94-82, in the Adler Gym.

Penn State Altoona held a 55-53 lead at the 14:36 mark of the second half, but a 13-0 run by Shenandoah catapulted the visitors into the lead, and they never looked back.

The Lions had five players finish with double digit scoring totals. Jonathan Ross led the squad with 20 points.

Evan Greening posted his second double-double in as many games, scoring 15 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

SHENANDOAH (8-3): Lecsaint 1-1 0-0 2, Carithers 8-19 5-5 24, Green 8-15 11-12 30, Rudisill 1-6 0-0 3, Starks 5-8 1-4 11, Seraile 0-0 0-0 0, McEathron 3-4 2-2 10, Lawrence 0-0 0-0 0, Baggett 0-1 0-0 0, Moody 0-2 0-0 0, Mitchell 1-3 5-7 7, Murph 0-0 0-0 0, Alston 3-6 0-0 6, Street 0-0 1-3 1. Totals - 30-65 25-33 94.

PENN STATE ALTOONA (2-9): Charles 2-6 6-7 10, Wigfield 1-4 0-0 2, Leazier 3-12 6-6 13, Greening 6-13 3-7 15, Smith 1-4 2-2 4, McCloud 0-1 0-0 0, Griffith 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 4-9 4-5 12, Ross 8-14 1-1 20, Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas 2-4 2-2 6, Luhr 0-0 0-0 0. Totals - 27-67 24-30 82.

Halftime-Penn State Altoona, 39-37. 3-point goals-Shenandoah 9-27 (Green 3-4, Carithers 3-10, McEathron 2-3, Rudisill 1-5, Starks 0-2, Baggett 0-1, Moody 0-1); Penn State Altoona 4-13 (Ross 3-7, Leazier 1-4, Wigfield 0-1, Wilson 0-1). Assists-Shenandoah 17 (Carithers 4); Penn State Altoona 9 (Charles 5). Rebounds-Shenandoah 39 (Alston 9); Penn State Altoona 38 (Greening 12).

 
 

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