NORTHFIELD, VT -- Down by double digits most of the game, the Owls saw their valiant comeback derailed by a last second shot, losing 90-87 in the consolation game of the Hockenbury Classic at Norwich University.
Down 27 points with 5:18 left in the third quarter, the Owls used a variety of pressure defenses and a barrage of three's to pump life into the Blue & Gold's comeback attempt. With 6:24 left in the game, the Owls finally cut the Warrior lead to single digits when senior captain Katie Patenaude (SR, Presque Isle, ME) hit back-to-back treys to make the score 77-69.
In the last 15 minutes of action, the Owls hit nine 3's by five different players including significant contributions from their bench players. Janae Libby (SO, Fort Fairfield, ME) scored a career high 11 and fellow sophomore Jessy Dickison (SO, Houlton, ME) keyed the comeback with exceptional effort defensively.
Kylee Alton (JR, Burnham, ME) hit two long balls in consecutive possessions to make the score 82-80 with 2:38 on the clock. After trading baskets, senior Amanda Allen (SR, Limestone, ME) made two foul shots to tie the game at 84 with 48 seconds left in the match.
Seconds later, Dickison fouled out, sending Briana Kujawski to the line. Kujawski made her second foul shot to give the warriors the lead, 85-84. After an Owl missed jumper, All-tournament selection Dallas Jackson scored a driving layup to give the Warriors the lead 87-84 with 15 seconds on the clock.
Dickisons replacement, junior sharp shooter Sydney Churchill (JR, Fort Fairfield, ME) would drill a 3 to tie the game at 87 with 8 seconds left. Bay Path would take advantage of one of the new NCAA rules by calling a time out and advancing the ball to half court. The Warriors got the ball to Jackson who drove and hit an off balance ten footer as Churchill fouled her with 1.4 seconds on the clock.
Jackson hit the foul shot to move the score to 90-87. The Owls also advanced the ball to half court and ran a play for Churchill that appeared to include contact from two Warrior defenders on the sideline shot, but nothing was called as the shot fell short of the basket and the clock ran out, giving Bay Path an adrenaline filled 3-point win and the Owls the emptiest of feelings.
Jackson making the last second circus shot did not surprise anyone in attendance, as she scorched the Owls for 30 points on 12-of 22 shooting adding 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
Amanda Hotham (JR, Fort Fairfield, ME) snared a double-double in leading the Owls with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Alton and Patenaude each knocked down four 3's and recorded career highs of 17 points in the game. Hotham added 3 assists and Patenaude 7 rebounds to garner an All-tournament selection.
"I am so impressed with our ladies and their effort tonight," said Owl Head Coach Doug Carter. "It would have been so easy to just pack our bags and walk out of here with a 20 point loss, but our women showed great character and resilience and fought incredibly hard till the very end."
"The results of our games do not indicate how hard our women work…they continue to fight, work together and grow as a unit. We are developing winners, they refuse to quit and I've just been so impressed with this groups spirit and drive."
The Owls, never road weary, will suit up tomorrow to play their third game in 3 days against Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 3pm.