Women's Basketball Win Streak Snapped at Le Moyne in Overtime

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Courtney Coryea totaled 29 points and 10 rebounds as Le Moyne College posted an 84-78 overtime victory over Southern New Hampshire University at Grant Court Saturday afternoon.  The Dolphins improved to 5-10 and 2-9 in the NE-10, while the Penmen saw a four-game win streak snapped and are now 7-8 and 5-6 in the league.

Coryea finished 8-16 from the floor and converted 13-14 at the free throw line.  Emily Bayly was 10-10 at the line and totaled 21 points, while Morgan Rowland knocked down a trio of three-pointers and finished with 11 points off the bench.

Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) led Southern New Hampshire with 18 points off the bench, going 7-13 overall and 4-10 behind the arc while also handing out four assists.  Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) had a season-high 14 points to go along with four assists.  Megan Smith (Smithfield, Maine) and Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) each totaled 10 points, while Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) added eight points.

Le Moyne led by eight, 58-50, with 7:26 to play following a conventional three-point play by Torie Lee.  The Penmen would go on a 12-3 run and a layup by Megan Spanarkel (Tinton Falls, N.J.) gave Southern New Hampshire a 62-61 lead.  The two teams would trade the lead four times over the next two minutes, and a layup by Houghtaling with 50 seconds left gave SNHU a 66-65 lead.  

The two teams traded three empty possessions, and Smith would grab a rebound of a Lee miss at the free throw line with 22 seconds left.  She missed the front end of the bonus, and Katie Hart of Le Moyne would corral the rebound.  Coryea would be fouled going to the basket with five seconds left by Houghtaling, her fifth foul.  Coryea made 1-of-2 at the line, and a potential game-winning three by Duffy was off the mark.

Overtime would be tied three times and the Penmen would eke out a 75-74 lead with 1:08 left after Spanarkel made 1-of-2 at the line.  Rowland would give the Dolphins the lead for good with 41 seconds left on a three, and after an empty Penmen possession, Le Moyne sealed the win by going 7-8 at the line the rest of the way.

Southern New Hampshire trailed 31-24 at halftime but took a 42-41 lead with 13:32 left on a three by Libby Cullerot (Henniker, N.H.).  Trailing 43-41, Rowland would hit back-to-back threes to put Le Moyne up 47-43 with 12:15 to go.

The guests jumped out to a 10-3 lead five minutes into the game following a DeRoma three, but the Dolphins would hold SNHU scoreless for the next six minutes and build a 15-10 lead with 9:02 to go on a three-point play by Brandy Wangelin.  Le Moyne led by nine twice in the waning minutes of the first half and took a 31-24 lead into the locker room.

Le Moyne took 15 more trips to the free throw line on the afternoon, going 27-32 while the Penmen were 12-17.  Southern New Hampshire, which was outrebounded 45-31, did shoot 57.1% in the second half and 55.6% behind the arc. 

SNHU returns to action Wednesday night when it travels to Pace University for a 5:30 contest.