December 8, 2012

MARPLE LEADS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TO 74-66 OVERTIME WIN OVER ADELPHI

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Alex Marple's overtime-forcing three-pointer against Adelphi University as time expires



Syracuse, N.Y. – Sophomore guard Alex Marple (Wellsboro, Pa./Wellsboro) forced overtime with a buzzer-beating three-pointer as the Le Moyne College women's basketball team rallied for a 74-66 overtime victory over Adelphi University on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference play at Ted Grant Court.

Marple finished with a career-best 19 points, including Le Moyne's last seven points of regulation, while adding two rebounds and two assists. Freshman Maggie Brown (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) tallied 18 points, including 12 in the first half, while posting seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) recorded her second career double-double with career-bests of 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Sade Jackson led the Panthers with a career-best 24 points, including a three-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation to force Marple's three-pointer, while grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out five assists and posting three steals. Jessica Kitrys posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Kelly Mannix pulled down 11 rebounds and scored nine points.

The Dolphins opened the game with the first four points as Brown converted a jumper off a feed from Marple and then junior guard Maddy McKnight (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) stole the inbounds pass and made a lay-up.

After Greer made a lay-up to put the Dolphins in front 10-9 at the 16:14 mark, the Panthers scored seven straight points to take the lead. Jackson started the streak with a three-pointer, Shannon Flynn followed with a lay-up and then Kitrys knocked down a jumper.

The Dolphins scored five of the next seven points to pull within 18-15 with 11:39 remaining in the half, but Adelphi responded with an 18-6 run to take a game-best 15-point lead with 5:30 left in the stanza. Jackson and Mannix led the push with six points each, while Flynn added four and Jenna Halaby made a lay-up.

Le Moyne answered back with a 10-1 run to close within six with two minutes left. Brown accounted for six of the points, while senior guard Torie Lee (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) and sophomore guard Maddie Hahesy (Erie, Pa./McDowell) made baskets. Flynn made two free throws to close out the scoring in the half and give the Panthers a 39-31 halftime lead.

After Marple opened the second-half scoring with a lay-up, the teams traded 5-0 runs over the next three minutes. Kitrys made a lay-up and Mannix nailed a three-pointer for the Panthers, while Greer had a conventional three-point play and Lee made a lay-up for the Dolphins.

Adelphi then rattled off 13 of the next 17 points over the next 6:46 to retake a 15-point lead. Jackson had five of the points, while Kitrys and Halaby each added four points.

Le Moyne responded with nine straight points over a span of 2:57 to cut their deficit to six with 6:44 remaining. McKnight started the comeback with a lay-up, junior guard Raven Short (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) made a jumper and a lay-up, freshman forward Lauren Price (Humble, Texas/Atascocita) made a free throw and then Greer had a put-back lay-up.

Following a 4-2 Adelphi spurt over 1:24, the Dolphins tallied eight straight points to even the score at 61 with 59 seconds left. McKnight sparked the streak with a steal and fast-break lay-up, Brown made a fast-break jumper, Marple converted a lay-up and then Marple made two free throws to tie the score.

On Adelphi's next possession, Jackson missed a three-pointer, but Flynn got the offensive rebound. Jackson then connected on her second attempt to give her team a 64-61 advantage with 6.2 seconds left.

Out of a Le Moyne timeout, Greer dribbled up the right sideline before being cut off by two Adelphi defenders. Greer then found Marple on the right wing, where she turned and drilled her only three-point attempt of the game as time expired to send the game to overtime.

Marple extended her streak to nine straight Le Moyne points by making a pair of free throws with 4:25 left to give the Dolphins their first lead since the 16:14 mark of the first half.

After Jackson made two free throws to tie the score at 66, Brown gave the Dolphins the lead for good with a jumper off a feed from Short. Brown and Short followed with consecutive fast-break lay-ups seven seconds apart to extend the lead to 72-66. Marple and Greer finished off the game's scoring by making a free throw each in the final 12 seconds.

Le Moyne (3-5, 2-4 NE-10), which improved to 3-1 at home, closes out the Fall semester on Monday, December 17 at Assumption College at 5:30 p.m.