January 8, 2013

Basketball Drops Overtime Heart Breaker to PSU-Brandywine

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – It took extra time to determine the winner of Tuesday night's non-conference tilt between the Owls and visiting Penn State Brandywine. The Lions outscored Bryn Mawr 8-4 in overtime to pick-up the 77-73 victory.

In a constant back-and-forth game that produced 19 lead changes and 12 game ties, the Owls did all they could to fend off the pesky Lions.

Bryn Mawr struck first in the game when junior Nicolette Parmese made back-to-back baskets in the Owls' first two possessions. PSU Brandywine battled back and took the lead two minutes later. After exchanging baskets the next five minutes, the Lions held a slim 4-point lead, 15-11, with ten minutes to play.

Following a pair of layup by freshman Ashlee Williams and a bucket and free-throw from Parmese, the Owls regained the lead with 6:39 to play. Penn State answered with an 11-2 run to take their largest lead of the half, six, 26-20, with 3:27 on the clock.

Bryn Mawr bounced back with a run of their own, 9-2, which was capped by a jumper from sophomore Quinn Conlan to end the half. The Owls held a slim 1-point lead, 29-28, heading into the locker rooms.

The second-half mirrored the first-half with the see-saw action and nine lead changes. With the game knotted-up at 38 with 15 minutes left to play in regulation, both teams went on runs over the next eight minutes of action while neither team took a lead of more than five points.

With just over six minutes to play in the game, the Owls held an eight-point lead, 61-53. Penn State held the Owls to only three points over the next two minutes while they totaled nine points to pull within two. Continuing to hold the lead over the next two minutes, Bryn Mawr eventually surrendered the lead with 2:53 left in the game.

Bryn Mawr took a two point lead following successful free-throws by senior Soraya Terrab and Williams. The Lions tied the game and took the lead on back-to-back jumpers from Amanada Congialdi and Bobbi Caprice with 1:23 left in the half.

With 25 second left in the game and the Owls down two, junior Jackie Handy made a pair of free-throws to tie the game at 69. In the final 10-seconds of regulation, the Owls had two opportunities at baskets, but both shots rimmed-out as the final horn sounded.

In overtime, Williams got Bryn Mawr to strike first with lay-up just 17-seconds into the extra frame. She added Bryn Mawr's only other basket of the overtime period a minute and a half later. PSU Brandywine outscored the owls 5-0 the remineder of the overtime period to pick-up their seventh win of the season.

It was a career night for three Owls as they all posted career-best in points. Handy ended the night with 17 points while Terrab posted nine points and Conlan added four on the evening. The Owls placed three players in double-digits scoring as Parmese netting a game-best 25 points. Williams ended the night with 14 points.

The Owls out rebounded the Lions 57-48 with three different players grabbing double-digits boards. Handy had a team-high 13 rebounds while Terrab posted a career-best 11 and Williams pulled-down 10.

Bryn Mawr is back to the hardwood when they travel to Gettysburg on Thursday, Jan. 10, for a 7:00 pm contest with the Bullets.