Ousted in Overtime
Feb. 10, 2010
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The women were hoping that escaping a blizzard back home in Easton meant good things were awaiting them in Hamilton, but the Raiders came away with a 60-57 overtime win.
The Leopards saw their first overtime action in more than a year but 11 Colgate points in the extra session, including clutch free throws in the final six seconds, spelled defeat for Lafayette (4-19, 2-7).
The game went into overtime thanks in part to LaKeisha Wright's layup with 10 seconds left in regulation that knotted the game at 49.
Lafayette shot a season-high 45.7 percent from the field, including a 55 percent clip in the first half. Wright led the team with 16 points while Elizabeth Virgin chipped in 12. Colgate (9-14, 4-5) shot just 38 percent.
Sarah McGorry scored the first two Lafayette baskets, followed by three straight from Wright that gave the Leopards a 10-4 edge after four minutes of play.
Lafayette continued to connect on nearly every shot attempt, quickly upping its edge to 10 (14-4) with 13 minutes on the clock.
Colgate, meanwhile, struggled to gets its shots to fall and went more than five minutes without a single basket until Katie Garman's three at 6:19 made it 20-11. Garman finished with 15 points.
That seemed to light a bit a spark under the Raiders, who scored 10 points over the next two minutes to make it a four-point game (22-18).
Combined with a four-minute Leopard scoring drought, Colgate was able to stay within four (24-20) at halftime.
Both teams went basket for basket for the first five minutes of the second half before it became a one-point Leopard lead (35-34) on a Jhazmine Lynch free throw at 10:20. Tayler Wejnert knotted it at 37-all with her first three of the game 60 seconds later.
Lafayette trailed for the first time all game (39-37) on Kendra Brim's layup with 7:30 to play. A three-point play from Virgin made it 41-40 and Lauren Jackson knotted it at 45 on a layup at the 2:38 mark.
The Raiders held a slim 49-47 lead with one minute remaining before Wright tied it at 49 with a layup with 10 seconds on the clock.
Colgate got the ball following a timeout with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation but never got a good look at the basket, forcing overtime.
With less than two minutes to play in the extra session, Candice Green's trey put the Raiders up 56-51.
Virgin's jumper made it 58-55 and Jackson headed to the line with 7.4 on the clock. She sank both free throws for a 58-57 score and the Leopards were forced to foul.
Lynch sank both free throws for a 60-57 score before Jackson got the ball to midcourt and called a timeout with 2.7 left. The junior found the ball in her hands behind the three-point line but her shot as time expired fell short of the basket.
The Leopards travel to Navy on Saturday for a 7 p.m. tip.
- Wright's 16 points were one shy of her season high.
- Six of Lafayette's eight overtime points came at the free throw line with four coming from Jackson.
- The Leopards' last overtime game came on Dec. 21 last season with a 79-76 win over Rider. The last time Lafayette lost an overtime game came nearly two years ago and was by the exact score with a 60-57 loss vs. American.
- Lafayette held a 35-30 edge in boards with nine from Virgin as she fell one rebound shy of her first double-double of the season.