Riverdale, NY (12/16/08) – In a rematch of last spring’s ECAC Metro Division First Round game, Montclair State posted its fourth straight victory as the Red Hawks edged host Mount St. Vincent, 82-80 on Tuesday eveing.
Junior forward Catherine Cristino (Farmingdale, NJ / Colts Neck) and freshman Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) each scored 22 points as the Red Hawks moved to 5-4 with their second straight overtime win. MSU has played four OT contests this season, going 2-2 in those games.
A pair of Dolphins recorded career nights as Karissa Koerner (
led all scorers in the opening frame with 13 points on 4-8 shooting
from the floor and 3-6 shooting from behind the arc. Cristino had a
strong half for the Red Hawks finishing with 12 points on 4-6 shooting.
second half was tightly contested as it featured five ties with neither
team holding a lead greater than four points. Mount Saint Vincent
retook the lead under a minute into the second half on a Mocanu lay-up
and jumped out to its largest lead of the period at four points on a
another Mocanu lay-up with 17:11 left and then a Mocanu jumper with
16:24 left to give the Dolphins a 47-43 advantage.
The Red Hawks would put together a run of their own and scored eight straight points capped by a Kisandra Ayanbeku (Burlington, NJ / Randolph) fast break bucket to put the visitors in front 51-47 with 14:15 left in regulation.
final 6:00 of regulation featured a pair of ties and four lead changes
as the two teams exchanged baskets down the stretch. The Red Hawks took
a 71-68 lead with 1:29 left before Mocanu tied the score at 71-71 with
31 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
overtime the Red Hawks outscored the Mount 11-9 and took a five point
lead at 82-77 with 50 ticks left on an Ericson jumper. Koerner’s
seventh three of the contest got the Mount to within two, but that was
as close as the Dolphins would get.
The loss drops