MARPLE’S FREE THROW WITH 2.3 SECONDS LEFT GIVES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON-OPENING WIN OVER NOTRE DAME COLLEGE, 56-55
WBB vs. Notre Dame OH - 11/12/12
Syracuse, N.Y. – Sophomore guard Alex Marple (Wellsboro, Pa./Wellsboro) made a free throw with 2.3 seconds remaining to give the Le Moyne College women's basketball team a 56-55 win over Notre Dame College on Monday night in non-conference action at Ted Grant Court.
Marple tallied a career-high 13 points to lead the Dolphins in the scoring column, while adding four rebounds (three offensive) and two steals. Sophomore forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) recorded her first career double-double with career-highs of 12 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive). Senior guard Torie Lee (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) posted 12 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Maggie Brown (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) tied Greer for game-high honors with 10 rebounds (six offensive) in her collegiate debut.
Lauren Macer led the Falcons with 12 points, while adding five rebounds and four steals. Erin Entinghe came off the bench to record 10 points and grab seven rebounds.
After Notre Dame scored the game's first point on a free throw by Alexa Tropiano at the 17:59 mark, the Dolphins rattled off 18 consecutive points over a span of 8:04. Sophomore Maddie Hahesy (Erie, Pa./McDowell) opened the run with a three-pointer from the right corner. Following two free throws apiece by Lee and sophomore Tessa Pucello (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay), junior guard Maddy McKnight (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) buried a pair of three-pointers on the right side of the court around a jumper by Greer from the left wing. Greer then capped the run with a three-pointer from the left wing.
Following 12 minutes without a field goal, during which the Falcons missed their first 13 shots and turned the ball over 13 times, Lexi Hassing buried a three-pointer from the left wing. After Jacki Harrison hit a free throw to trim Le Moyne's lead to 13, the Dolphins tallied eight of the next 11 points to take their largest lead of the game. Lee started the spurt with two free throws, Brown followed with a fast-break lay-up, Lee made two more free throws and then Marple converted a lay-up.
The Falcons closed out the half with seven of the last nine points to pull within 28-15 at the intermission. Entinghe made a lay-up and a jumper before Kym Bowsher converted a free throw and a put-back lay-up with three seconds left, while freshman forward Lauren Price (Humble, Texas/Atascocita) hit a jumper from the left block for the Dolphins.
After Marple and Brown made lay-ups to push Le Moyne's lead to 32-17 1:37 into the second half, Notre Dame scored nine straight points to pull within six points. Courtney Clark buried a three-pointer from the right corner, Harrison made a lay-up and then Entinghe knocked down a pair of jumpers.
The Dolphins countered with six consecutive points to regain their double-digit lead. Brown hit two free throws to start the run, while Marple followed with a pair of lay-ups.
The Falcons answered right back with nine straight points over a span of 2:30 to get within three. Jessica Garcia made a lay-up, Harrison registered a conventional three-point play, Macer converted two free throws and then a jumper to make the score 38-35 with 11:31 left.
Marple made a fast-break lay-up to push her team's lead back to five, but Notre Dame followed with seven straight points to take its first lead since the opening minutes. Garcia and Bowsher started the jaunt with lay-ups, while Hassing nailed a three-pointer from the left wing for the lead with 8:19 remaining.
Greer then made a free throw and converted a lay-up off a feed from Brown after missing the second attempt to kick-start a stretch of back-and-forth play over the next 6:25. The lead changed sides seven times, with the Falcons grabbing a 55-52 advantage with 1:54 remaining on a lay-up by Bowsher.
Following a turnover by Garcia, Marple made a lay-up with 1:11 remaining to pull the Dolphins within a point. After each team missed a three-pointer, Lee drained a free throw with 26 seconds left to tie the score at 55. Clark then threw the ball away from the top of the key to give the Dolphins a chance for the win. Marple drove to her left and was fouled by Garcia with 2.3 seconds to go. She connected on the first attempt to give the Dolphins the lead. After Notre Dame called timeout, Marple misfired on the second attempt, but the Falcons were unable to get a shot off before time expired.
Le Moyne (1-0), which opened the season with a win over Notre Dame for the second straight year, returns to action on Wednesday at Pace University at 5:30 p.m. for its Northeast-10 Conference opener.