Mount Aloysius women advance via OT victory

HAMBURG, N.Y. — The Mount Aloysius College women’s basketball team won a double overtime thriller by a final score of 103-93 over Pitt-Bradford on Saturday afternoon in an AMCC semifinal matchup.

In the fourth quarter, Pitt-Bradford took a six-point lead at 75-69 with 3:05 left on the clock, and the Panthers held a 77-71 advantage with two minutes to play. The Mounties kept fighting and Kara Cordell made a layup to cut the deficit to 78-75 with 33 seconds remaining. The Mounties then forced a turnover, and Jessa Wright came up huge with a 3-point shot from the top of the key to tie the game. The Panthers had a look with two seconds left that hit the back rim as the teams went to overtime tied 78-78.

Scoring was hard to come by in the first overtime as the Panthers hit three free throws over the first three minutes of the period, and the Mounties didn’t score until Rachel Robinson came up with a steal and soared in for a layup to cut the Pitt-Bradford edge to 81-80 with 1:34 to go. The teams traded baskets before Abby Kulick hit a jump shot with 53 seconds left to tie the game at 84-84. Following a Panther turnover, Wright again came up clutch with a long three-point shot to give the Mounties a 87-84 advantage. Mount Aloysius got a defensive stop, but Robinson missed two free throws to give Pitt-Bradford hope. Jennifer Isenberg took advantage and hit a triple from the right wing with three seconds remaining to force a second overtime.

In the second overtime session, the Mounties quickly built a six-point lead. Mount Aloysius led by four points when Katie Bracken nailed a jump shot to push the lead to 99-93 with 35 seconds to play. Breana Kendrick hit a layup after a defensive stop and Wright knocked down two free throws with 10 seconds left as the Mounties secured the playoff victory.

Six Mounties finished in double figures in scoring. Wright scored 23 points and added 12 rebounds to lead the Mounties. Kulick notched 16 points and was all over the defensive end with eight steals, while Kara Cordell contributed 14 points and five blocks. Robinson scored 15 points and Kendrick added 14 points off the bench, and Bracken recorded 13 points. Alexia Servello had a strong floor game with seven assists and just one turnover, and the senior point guard corralled eight rebounds.

Ali Rinfrette led the Panthers and filled the stat sheet with 34 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks. Isenberg scored 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.

With the win, the Mounties advance to today’s championship game against No. 1 seed and tournament host Hilbert. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.

PITT-BRADFORD (15-11): Rinfrette 8-20 11-12 34, Isenberg 0-23 5-9 27 Wells 2-7 2-4 7, Snipes 3-12 0-0 7, Adams 2-7 3-3 7, Colebert 3-5 0-0 9, Collins 0-2 2-2 2, Waddell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 28-76 23-30 93.

MOUNT ALOYSIUS (17-7): Wright 7-15 4-4 23, Kulick 4-15 8-10 16, Cordell 6-12 2-2 14, Bracken 6-11 1-1 13, Servello 2-11 1-2 5, Robinson 6-9 2-4 15, Kendrick 5-11 3-4 14, Sammarco -3 0-0 3, Parisi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 37-87 21-27 103.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Pitt-Bradford 20 22 23 13 9 6 — 93

Mount Aloysius 13 25 22 18 9 16 — 103

3-point goals: Pitt-Bradford 14-26 (Rinfrette 7-9, Isenberg 2-4, Wells 1-3, Snipes 1-6, Colebert 3-4); Mount Aloysius 8-22 (Wright 5-11, Kulick 0-3, Bracken 0-1, Robinson 1-3, Kendrick 1-1 Sammarco 1-3). Assists: Pitt-Bradford 15 (Rinfrette 8); Mount Aloysius 22 (Servello 7). Rebounds: Pitt-Bradford 51 (Isenberg 17); Mount Aloysius 54 (Wright 12).

Juniata men fall short

HUNTINGDON — The Juniata men’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker, 81-78, to Moravian in the Landmark Conference Championship Saturday afternoon in a raucous Memorial Gymnasium.

Marcus Lee had 19 points, seven rebounds and four blocks while Seth Brewer had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Paul Martello added 15 points and two steals off the bench while Wil Peralta had nine points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal. Brandon Martinazzi had seven points, four rebounds and three assists while Damon Rickens had seven points, a game-high 11 rebounds and two assists.

With 1.2 seconds left, down three, Juniata needed to go the length of the floor. Peralta ran the baseline before he launched a pass to above the opposite three-point line. Rickens came down with the ball in a crowd, turned and fired a three. The ball caught the left side of the rim and bounced out as the buzzer sounded.

On the previous Eagle possession, with six seconds left, JC rebounded a Moravian missed free throw. Peralta snagged the rebound and flipped it to Brewer who raced up the left side of the court before he zipped the ball to Martello on the right wing who drilled a three to pull JC within one at 79-78 while appearing to be fouled, but there was no whistle. The Greyhounds made two foul shots to push the lead back to three before the Eagles final attempt.

Juniata led by five at halftime, 39-34.

Juniata lost despite shooting 50.9 percent from the floor. The Eagles are now 22-5.

MORAVIAN (19-7): Rhett 1-2 -0 2, Holder 8-16 9-9 28, Martino 2-5 0-1 5, Murray 2-9 2-2 8, Davis 0-3 0-0 0, O’Connor 1-3 0-0 2, Brazukas 3-5 2-2 8 Otto 0-0 0-0 0, Casazza 4-12 0-0 0, Barnes 1-3 7-8 9, Wilson -0 0-0 0, Cardonne 1-2 2-2 4, Ralph 1-5 3-4 5. Totals — 24-65 25-28 81.

JUNIATA (22-4): Rickens 3-13 0-0 7 Brewer 7-9 3-3 18, Martinazzi 3-5 1-3 7, Lee 7-12 5-6 19, Peralta 2-7 5-6 9, Keck 0-0 0-0 0, Martello 4-5 6-7 15, Neville -0 0-0 0, Markey 1-2 1-1 3, Holsopple 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 27-53 21-26 78.

Halftime: Juniata 39-34. 3-point goals: Moravian 8-33 (Holder 3-5, Martino 1-3, Murray 2-4, Davis 0-2, O’Connor 0-2, Brazukas 0-2, Casazza 2-9, Barnes 0-2, Cardonne 0-1, Ralph 0-3); Juniata 3-14 (Rickens 1-9, Brewer 1-1, Martinazzi 0-1, Martello 1-2, Markey 0-1). Assists: Moravian 9 (Brazukas 4); Juniata 17 (Peralta 5). Rebounds: Moravian 33 (Rhett, Holder 5 each); Juniata 39 (Rickens 11).

Scranton edges Juniata

SCRANTON — The University of Scranton women’s basketball team won its third straight Landmark Conference championship with a dramatic, 59-58 overtime victory over Juniata on Saturday in the Long Center.

With their 21st straight victory, the No. 11 Lady Royals (26-1) earn an automatic bid the NCAA Tournament which will begin next Friday.

In a back-and-forth affair between the conference’s top two seeds which featured 17 lead changes and 11 ties, Scranton overcame a five-point deficit – which matched the largest lead for either team during the game – in overtime by scoring the final six points of the contest.

Bridgette Mann was named the Landmark Conference Championship MVP after finishing with a team-high 17 points. After being held to just four point through the first three quarters, the junior guard scored 10 of Scranton’s final 12 points including the last six for the Lady Royals in regulation.

Juniata (22-5) will now await word on a potential at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Dani Atkinson, who finished with a game-high 26 points, forced overtime by banking in a long three-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining.

The Eagles tallied the first five points of overtime to hold a 58-53 lead with 3:41 remaining, but Scranton scored the last six points.

JUNIATA (22-5): Instone 6-21 4-7 16, Anstine 1-10 0-0 2, Spencer 1-5 0-0 2, Cosmopolis 0-8 0-0 0, Atkinson 9-17 4-5 6, Myers 0-1 0-0 0, Rebert 1-2 0-0 3, Bickel 0-0 0-0 0, Badorf-England 0-0 0-0 0. Stauffer 4-7 1-1 9, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Carles 0-0 0-0 0, Colyer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 22-71 9-13 58.

SCRANTON (26-1): Mason 3-10 3-3 10, Recupero 2-9 1-2 5, Sheehan 2-6 5-8 , Mann 4-17 8-8 17, Broderick 3-6 -2 9, Gammo 0-2 -0 0, Warhaftig 0-0 0-0 0, Feehery 4-5 1-2 9. Totals — 18-55 19-25 59.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Juniata 14 6 20 13 5 — 58

Scranton 13 10 14 16 6 — 59

3-point goals: Juniata 5-14 (Anstine 0-2, Spencer 0-4, Cosmoplis 0-2, Atkinson 4-5, Rebert 1-1); Scranton 4-22 (Mason 1-6, Sheehan 0-2, Mann 1-10, Broderick 2-3, Gammo 0-1). Assists: Juniata 9 (Instone, Anstine, Spencer 2 each); Scranton 11 (Mason, Mann 3 each). Rebounds: Juniata 43 (Anstine 10); Scranton 45 (Feehery 15).

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