Another forced overtime, another Cavalier victory

By Ariel Melendez
April 8, 2014

The Cabrini women’s basketball team took on Gwynedd Mercy University on Monday, Feb. 17. For the second straight game, the Cavaliers would need overtime as they defeated the Griffins by a score of 59-56.

The first half featured a lot of back-and-forth action between the two teams. The game started with a 4-0 run for the Cavalier team courtesy of a jumper by Colleen Stewart and back-to-back free throws from Brittney Sandone. The Griffins quickly countered that with consecutive three pointers by Nicole Dougherty and Kelsey Yori.

It was also a half that featured seven different lead changes. The largest lead for the Cavaliers was four points with less than a minute to go in the half. The Griffins had a four-point lead of their own in the closing seconds of the first half. Amber Keys and Sandone led the Cavalier team with six points. Dougherty led Gwynedd Mercy with five points. The score at the end of the first half was 22-20 in favor of the Griffins.

The Cavaliers began the second half on a 16-4 run to bring the score to 36-26. The Griffins didn’t give up the fight as they battled back from leads as big as 13 points to tie the game and even hold a brief lead towards the end of the second half. It would take more than just two halves to determine a winner in this one as the Cavaliers tied the game at 50-50 with just 10 seconds left in the game thanks to a free throw by Annie Rivituso.

Being the second straight game that Cabrini forced overtime, it must mean that the team knows how to get things done late in a game. “We pride ourselves in our defense so we talked about stepping up the defense to get the win and keeping our confidence and composure,” Coach Kate Pearson said in an email about some of the things the team had talked about during the game.

Just like their previous overtime victory over Neumann, the Cavaliers dictated the pace of the overtime period. They scored the first five points and did not give up the lead from there. The Griffins cut the lead to one with a little over a minute to go, but they could not find the equalizing basket as Cabrini would come out on top with the 59-56 victory.

“We work on different game scenarios every day at practice so our girls are prepared to make the big plays to get the win,” Coach Kate Pearson said in an email. Practice makes perfect as they always say. And it has sure seemed like this team has had plenty of practice this season.

The Cavaliers are set for more basketball action at the Nearney Field House this Wednesday, Feb. 19 as they take on visiting Keystone College. Tip off is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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Ariel Melendez

My name is Ariel Melendez and I'm a sophomore at Cabrini College. I just started my first year writing for the Loquitur, the paper here at Cabrini. I also work with the sports department for the radio.

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