MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College women's basketball outlasted visiting Bryn Athyn College Saturday afternoon in overtime, as they collected a huge 80-74 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win on Senior Day in Morrisville.
Morrisville State wraps up the regular season with an 18-7 overall record, improving to 13-5 within conference play. Bryn Athyn drops to 20-5 on the year, 16-4 in the NEAC. Both teams will await tournament seeding and selection for the conference championship tournament, as announced by the conference office this weekend.
Sophomore Charlotte Walker (Middle Island, N.Y.) paced the Mustangs with 23 points on the afternoon, adding seven rebounds to her tallies, while teammate Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) put together a 22 point, eight rebound and three steal outing in the victory.
Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) added 12 points, assisted eight, and collected six rebounds and four steals to round out the leaderboard.
Morrisville State led 55-49 after three quarters before Bryn Athyn battled back with a 20-point final quarter to force the overtime period. The Lions used a 9-0 run over just a minute's time to take the one point lead with four minutes to go, and increased it to three with 56 ticks remaining.
Following a Lion foul, Kilmartin was sent to the line where she hit both free throw opportunities to make it a one-point ball game with 40 seconds remaining, and collected the defensive rebound on the following Bryn Athyn shot attempt.
On the Mustangs offensive possession, Anderson drove down the right hand side of the lane and was fouled on the layup attempt with three seconds to go, hitting the front end of two to knot the game at 69 and force the overtime period.
The momentum was all Morrisville State's in the extra frame, as they went ahead on an early bucket by Anderson and didn't look back, increasing their lead to as many as six off two free throws by Allison Chase (Weedsport, N.Y.) with seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Tournament information will be released once announced by the conference office.
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.