MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College women's basketball went on a 14-0 run over the final two minutes of the contest to post the come-from-behind 74-65 victory over visiting Penn State Abington Friday night in Morrisville in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action.
With the win, Morrisville State improves to 17-7 overall on the season, 12-5 in NEAC play, facing Bryn Athyn College for the regular season finale tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Morrisville.
Five registered double figures on the night, including senior Allison Chase (Weedsport, N.Y.) who came off the bench to net a team high 15. Eleven of her game total 15 came in the final quarter of the contest, as she went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Charlotte Walker (Middle Island, N.Y.) added 14 and a team best 12 rebounds for the double-double, while teammate Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) contributed 12 points to go along with three steals and seven rebounds.
Shayna Rodriguez led Abington's efforts with 23 points and 10 rebounds, recording four steals.
Abington led 65-60 with 2:13 to go in the final quarter before a three-point play by the Mustangs Tori Rockefeller (Bloomville, N.Y.) cut the lead to two with just under two minutes showing on the clock.
On the ensuing Morrisville State offensive possession, Kilmartin launched a three from the corner that fell off the front of the rim, but she chased down the ball for the offensive board and dished it out to Anderson, who nailed the three off the dribble to give the Mustangs their first lead of the final frame.
Chase followed with her third long ball of the night from the top of the key for the 69-65 host advantage, before Rockefeller hit the front end of two free throw opportunities after gathering the defensive rebound on the opposite end of the court.
Rodriguez missed the three-pointer attempt on the Abington offensive end, and following a timeout advancement to half court, Chase was immediately fouled where she hit both free throws for the seven point cushion.
Anderson capped off all scoring in the closing seconds, hitting both opportunities from the charity stripe as Morrisville State collected the win.
The Mustangs shot 40.3% from the floor throughout the contest, but held Abington to 34.2%. Abington was able to remain in the game for most of the contest with their perimeter play, hitting 13 three's across the night.
Morrisville State dominated the boards, outrebounding the visitors 52-37.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.