KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Women's Basketball team fell in overtime to Morrisville State 51-44 on Wednesday night in a North Eastern Athletic Conference contest at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.
Keuka College (2-8, 1-4 NEAC) will remain at home this weekend when they host Penn St.-Abington on Saturday and Bryn Athyn on Sunday.
The game opened up with each team missing shots and turning the ball over. As the quarter progressed, there were multiple ties and lead changes. Courtney Boyea made a three to give Keuka a 10-9 advantage, but Morrisville got a pair of free throws in the final minute to hold an 11-10 lead after one quarter.
Both teams struggled from the floor in the second quarter, going a combined 4-18. The Mustangs would outscore Keuka 8-5 in the period to grow their lead to 19-15 at the halftime break.
Keuka came out firing in the third quarter. Lauren Anten made the teams opening shot, a three pointer, to make it a one point game. She then followed it up with a three two minutes later, and a third three pointer two minutes after that. Overall, Anten went on a person 9-0 over the first five minutes of the third quarter to give Keuka a 24-19 lead. Morrisville would get on the board, but Anten would cap her 11 point quarter with a jumper with 1:25 left and Keuka led 28-24 following three quarters of play.
The fourth quarter started much the same, with Anten making the teams first shot to give Keuka a six point advantage. The Mustangs would fight back to tie the game at 33-33 with 3:16 left to play. Following a steal by Anten, Katie Stuart made a fast break layup to give Keuka a 35-33 lead. With just over a minute to play, Morrisville State made their first three pointer of the game to take a 36-35 lead. They were 0-15 from deep prior to that shot. Following a timeout, Keuka worked the ball inside and Abby Hess made a layup to take the lead back. Once again, Morrisville responded to take a one point lead. The Green and Gold went to the free throw line and went 1-2 to tie the game. With eight seconds left, the Mustangs were called for a moving screen to give the ball back to Keuka. A last second three by Keuka missed and the game went to overtime, tied 38-38.
Morrisville State took the tip to start overtime and quickly scored on a layup. They then forced a turnover and drilled a jumper for a 42-38 lead 23 seconds into extra time. Keuka would battle back. A Lauren Anten jumper with just under three minutes left to play drew the game back level at 42-42. Morrisville took the lead back with a pair of free throws and hit a dagger three with 28 seconds left to play to make it a five point game, 47-42. The Mustangs made their late free throws and went on to defeat Keuka 51-44.