New York, N.Y. (February 10) -- On Tuesday night in Manhattan, the Saint Anselm women's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 72-68 overtime final to Pace University in Northeast-10 Conference play.
Freshman Megan Howard (St. Paul, Minn.) got the Hawks started with a jumper with 17:48 on the clock. After the game was tied twice more, Saint Anselm regained the lead on a basket by sophomore Jennifer Gureckis (Nashua, N.H.), making it 8-6 with 12:50 left. A 12-3 run pushed the lead into double digits and the Hawks made it a 15-point halftime lead at 36-21.
The Hawks kept the lead in double digits in the opening seven minutes of the first half before the Setters made it an eight-point game with 12:11 left. The Hawks survived the Pace scoring spurt though and still held a 53-47 lead with 3:21 left in regulation. A pair of baskets by Taylor Losey cut that lead down to two points before Carol Johnson sank two free throws to tie things up at 53-53 with 1:44 left. After Brittany Shields scored on a layup to give Pace its first lead of the game at 55-53, Howard sank two free throws with six seconds left to send the game into the overtime session.
The Setters had momentum in the extra period and scored the first six points to jump out to a 61-55 lead. After the Pace lead swelled to eight, the Hawks rallied to within three points, capped by a jumper from the corner by Justine Lyons (Reading, Mass.). The Setters got the lead back up to seven points though before a Lyons three-pointer as time expired accounted for the 72-68 final.
Lyons led all scorers with 28 points, while Howard finished with an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double. It is Howard's 14th double-double of the season. Gureckis also finished in double figures with 12 points. Four Setters finished in double figures, led by 15 points from Johnson.
With the loss, the Hawks fall to 4-19 overall and 2-16 in the Northeast-10, while Pace improves to 14-8 overall and 11-7 in the league. Saint Anselm is back in action on Saturday afternoon as the Hawks travel to Le Moyne for a 1 p.m. start.