EASTON, Pa. –
The Lafayette women's basketball team overcame a 13-point deficit in the final eight minutes of regulation to outlast Albany, 67-66, in two overtimes at Kirby Sports Center
Albany (1-7) got out to its largest lead of the afternoon at the 8:13 mark of the fourth quarter when Chyanna Canada made a layup to extend the Great Danes' lead to 47-34.
From there, the Leopards (4-3) closed regulation on a 19-6 run, capped off by sophomore Olivia Martino's
transition layup with one second remaining to tie the game at 53 and force overtime.
Lafayette opened the extra frame on a 6-0 run as Martino hit a jumper followed by sophomore Drew Freeland's
bucket and senior Alex Cantwell's
steal and score to give the Leopards a 59-53 lead with 1:42 left in overtime.
Canada got back into the paint to open up an Albany 6-0 run to close out the first overtime, followed by Kyara Frames hitting a pair of free throws and Amanda Kantzy knocking down a baseline jumper to tie the game with eight seconds remaining to force a second overtime.
The Maroon and White opened the second overtime just like the first as Martino made a deuce through contact followed by Freeland's runner to give Lafayette a 63-59 lead early in the frame. Albany answered right back though as Alexi Schecter made a layup followed by a Heather Forster bucket to tie the game once more.
Albany committed its 31st
turnover of the game at the 1:34 mark, leading to Cantwell drawing a foul and hitting both free throws to give the Leopards a 65-63 edge.
On the ensuing Albany possession Frames knocked down a 3-pointer to give her a game-high 23 points and the Great Danes a one-point lead with 27 seconds remaining.
Just as she did all afternoon, Martino had the answer as she collected a cross-court pass from Freeland and connected on a deep 2-point jumper from the corner with 21 seconds left to give the Leopards the lead that would hold.
Martino had a career-high 19 points with three rebounds and two steals as Freeland chipped in with 11 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
After missing the previous two games, Cantwell was inserted into the starting lineup and came up huge with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to cut the Albany lead to three with 1:12 remaining in regulation.
Cantwell stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with 12 points, three boards, three assists and two steals while sophomore Natalie Kucowski
was the fourth Leopard in double-figures with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Lafayette returns to action on Dec. 4 when the Leopards travel to Manhattan for a 7 p.m. tip before returning home on Dec. 8 to take on Monmouth at 2 p.m.
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