New Haven, Conn. (February 1) -- On Saturday afternoon at Moore Fieldhouse, the Assumption College women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit to tie the game at 50-50 with 1:45 remaining before dropping an eventual 59-50 final to Southern Connecticut. The game marks the final cross-divisional game of the regular season for the Hounds.
The Owls jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead just 2:27 into the game, capped by a pair of Jackie Beathea layups. Senior Tafanie Roye (New Britain, Conn./Capital Magnet Prep) got the Hounds on the board with three straight free throws and the Hounds eventually tied the game at 8-8 on a pullup jumper from senior Shannon Ray (Yonkers, N.Y./Ursuline Academy). Overall, Assumption held the Owls without a field goal for a span of 4:52 before a Sydni Lester putback put Southern Connecticut back out in front at 10-8 with 12:41 left in the first half.
Freshman Morgan O'Brien (Reading, Mass./Reading) drilled a deep three from the right side to put the visitors in front for the first time at 11-10 with under 12 minutes left in the half. That was the lone lead of the opening period for the Hounds though as Southern Connecticut put together an 11-4 run over the last 6:45 of the half to take a 25-17 lead into the halftime break.
Neither team shot well in the first half as the Hounds shot 26.1 percent from the field, compared to 25.6 percent from the Owls. Southern Connecticut held a commanding 30-19 rebounding advantage, including a 16-5 edge on the offensive glass. The two teams combined for 28 first-half turnovers, including 15 by Assumption that Southern Connecticut converted into 17 points. Roye led the Hounds with five points in the first half, while Taylor McLaughlin was the top scorer for the Owls with eight.
Assumption cut the lead down to five early in the second on a Roye layup before a 5-0 run, fueled by a Beathea three-point play, pushed the lead into double digits for the first time at 32-22 with 16:47 left. Southern led by 10 at 36-26 moments later before a 7-2 Assumption run, capped by a layup from freshman Jaclyn Storey (Cumberland, Maine/Greely), cut the lead to 38-33 and forced a Southern Connecticut full timeout.
The Hounds kept up the pressure and pulled to within 44-40 with 6:33 left with a Ray layup following an SCSU offensive foul on a charge. With the Owls leading 50-44 with 4:10 remaining, a 6-0 Assumption run over 2:25 that was capped by a putback layup from senior captain Jamie Insel (Clinton, N.J./Voorhees) tied the game for the first time since the 13:18 mark of the first half.
Lester put the Owls back in front on a layup at 1:25, followed by an Assumption timeout eight seconds later. From that point forward, Southern Connecticut wrapped up the game at the free throw line as the Owls knocked down five free throws to go with a Lester jumper to clinch the nine-point victory.
Ray finished with a team-leading 14 points, while Insel nearly posted a double-double with eight points and a team-best 10 rebounds. O'Brien added eight points and six rebounds in the setback as well. For the Owls, McLaughlin posted a game-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Beathea posted a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double, while Lester added 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Hounds shot 31.7 percent from the field for the game, compared to 34.8 percent from the Owls. The two teams combined to shoot 3-for-24 from three-point land and combined for 46 turnovers. Southern Connecticut held a 56-41 overall rebounding advantage, including a 26-16 advantage at the offensive end.
With the loss, Assumption falls to 12-7 overall and 8-6 in the Northeast-10, while Southern Connecticut improves to 11-9 overall and 7-7 in league play.
Assumption is back in action on Wednesday, February 5th as the Hounds host No. 1 ranked Bentley University for a 5:30 p.m. start at Laska Gym. The game is a rematch of the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Championship Game.
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