Release: December 21, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y.- Sophomore guard Alex Ross made three three-pointers in the second overtime period to help Lehigh (5-6) defeat Binghamton (2-9) 68-67 in a non-conference women's basketball game on Friday night at the Events Center. The game marked the second of a season-high five game home stand.
Binghamton led 64-57 with 2:28 left in the second overtime when Lehigh went on a 9-2 run on Ross' three treys to get within 67-66 at the 1:02 mark. From there, senior guard Kaela Pearce and junior guard Tricia Smith each went 1-for-2 from the free throw line put the Mountain Hawks ahead 68-67 with 13 seconds to go. The game was sealed when Pearce drew a charge with two seconds left.
"When you have a close game like that it becomes a smash-mouth grind it out mentality," said head coach Rich Conover. "You have to find a way to win."
Binghamton was down 48-43 with 1:50 left in the regulation when junior forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) made three free throws to close the gap to 48-46 with 1:14 remaining. A Lehigh foul with seven seconds sent senior center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) to the free throw line where she knocked down both her free throws to tie the game 48-48 and send it into overtime.
In the first overtime period, the Bearcats trailed 54-52 with time winding down, but were able to convert again, this time on a lay-up by senior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) with six seconds to go. Franceski was then able to block a desperation three-point attempt by Melissa Rich as time expired to insure the game going into the second overtime.
Ross, however, took over down the stretch and finished with a team-high 17 points on 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point arc. Smith also poured in 17 points as she shot 8-of-10 from the free throw line.
was led by Kurpniece who scored a game-high 22 points. Sario
had her first career double-double as she knocked in 18 points
to go along with 11 rebounds.
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