EASTON, Pa. –
For the second time in as many home games, the Lafayette women's basketball team overcame a 13-point fourth quarter deficit on Saturday afternoon at Kirby Sports Center
, behind freshman Jiselle Havas'
11 points and senior Alex Cantwell's
10 points in the fourth quarter and overtime alone, to snap Monmouth's three-game win streak, 73-69.
With 5:40 to play, Monmouth (3-5) took its largest lead of the game at 13 points, 58-45, when Emani Clough knocked down a jumper. The rest of the way, the Leopards (5-4) outscored the Hawks 28-11 to force overtime and earn the victory.
The run began when Havas hit one of her three 3-pointers off a Cantwell assist, followed by a Monmouth layup and answered when Cantwell hit a trey to cut the Hawks' lead to single digits, 60-51, with 3:48 to play.
After a few empty possessions, Cantwell got free again, converting a layup at the 2:25 mark. After Monmouth converted 1-of-2 free throws, the Glen Head, New York native hit a running jumper, drew the foul, and knocked down the free throw to cut the deficit to five.
Monmouth committed an offensive foul to turn it back over to the Leopards where freshman Makaila Wilson
grabbed an offensive rebound and found junior Tasha Vipond
to make it 61-58 with a minute left in regulation. It was one of Wilson's career-high four assists.
Out of a Lafayette timeout, Monmouth fouled Wilson and the rookie hit a pair of clutch free throws with 23 seconds left to make it a one-point game. The Hawks called timeout and sophomore Olivia Martino
took it away from Mckinzee Barker and found Havas who was fouled and hit 1-of-2 to force overtime.
The Leopards started the overtime period with a bang as Havas got loose off the tip-off and drew contact at the rim, drawing the and-one and converted the free throw.
Monmouth answered right back as Sierra Green converted a layup for two of her game-high 23 points and after a few empty possessions, Cantwell drew a foul on a defensive rebound, making both bonus free throws for two of her season-high 14 points and nine rebounds to make it a 66-63 game.
Green connected on a 3-ball to tie it, and Havas answered right back with a huge 3-pointer of her own to give the Leopards a lead they would not give back with 2:30 left.
Sophomore Natalie Kucowski
hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 1:19 and made a rejection with nine seconds left to get Havas to the line to ice the game, hitting 1-of-2 at the line. Havas finished with a career-best 15 points and four rebounds.
got hot early, scoring 10 points in the first half and finishing a point shy of her career high with 18 points, going 6-for-6 from the foul line.
This is the first time since the 2008-09 season that Lafayette has won a pair of overtime games in the same season as this year's Leopards took a double overtime thriller last time at Kirby against Albany.
Lafayette will now hit the books as finals week will be the Leopards next test before returning to the court on Dec. 20 when Cornell makes the trip to College Hill for a noon tip.
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