Montclair, NJ (2/15/08) – Sophomore forward Catherine Cristino (Farmingdale, NJ / Colts Neck) hit two free throws with 15 seconds left to force overtime then scored eight of her 14 in the extra period as Montclair State knocked off Stevens, 77-74 in NCAA Division III women’s basketball action at Panzer Gymnasium on Friday evening.
Senior guard Jessica Garrabrant (
Senior forward Dora Enright (
Montclair State had built a 38-25 halftime lead, however Stevens used a 19-2 run that bridged the halves of regulation to erase the deficit and forged the first of 13 ties in the game at 40-40. Stevens would then build a 61-56 lead with 2:15 as Sarah Gehring (Spokane, WA/Central Valley) drilled a three-pointer, but Montclair came back tying the game with 1:19 to play as Cristino hit two free throws to knot the contest at 61-61. Victoria Connor (Westwood, NJ/Saddle River Day) and Cristino each added foul shots for the ninth deadlock and the Ducks moved back in front with 31 ticks left as Dani Dudek (Rockaway, NJ / Morris Hills) drove the lane and scored on a layup for a 64-62 Stevens lead. But on the ensuing MSU possession, Cristino was fouled and hit both attempts and the game headed to overtime.
In the extra period, Brittany Fuller (East Rockaway, NY/East Rockaway)
came off a screen at the top of the key and lofted high-arching
three-pointer that put Stevens ahead, 71-68 with 2:08 remaining. Back
came Montclair State with a three-of its own as Cristino hit from the
left side for the last of the 13 ties. The Ducks came up empty on their
next possession and Cristino buried another three from the left corner
Dudek sank one free throw to bring Stevens within 76-74 with nine seconds left, however Garrabrant sank the first of two foul shots with four seconds to play for what turned out to be the final margin. Stevens did get one last possession, but the Ducks could not get off a potential game-tying shot.
Sophomore guard Jackie Berry (
Fuller and Armstrong had 12 points with O’Connor and Armstrong each
getting 10 for Stevens. Armstrong registered nine rebounds while Jean Matusiak (