Bears women outlast Oswego in OT, 70-69
POTSDAM, NY. --- The SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team (8-13, 5-10 SUNYAC) defeated SUNY Oswego (2-19, 1-13 SUNYAC) 70-69 in overtime on Friday evening. After trailing by double-digits in the third quarter, the Bears outscored the Lakers in the fourth quarter and sent the game to overtime. Clutch free throws by freshman guard Dyamon Hunter (Bronx, N.Y./Thurgood Marshall Academy) lifted Potsdam over Oswego. Freshman forward Devyn Elliott (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) finished with a game-high 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Hunter scored 19 points in the win. Graduate forward Rachael Windhausen's (Liverpool, N.Y./Waterloo) led the Lakers with 24 points to go along with 16 rebounds.
Senior guard Abbey Smith (Bainbridge, N.Y./Bainbridge-Guilford) opened up the scoring with a lefty layup over her defender thirty-seconds in. After starting cold, the Lakers first field goal came on Windhausen's layup inside off the pass by junior guard Erin Gantley (Syracuse, N.Y./Onondaga Central) from the top of the key, with 7:34 left in the first. This would be the start of a Laker 9-0 run with Windhausen scoring seven of the team's nine points. Smith put an end to the run by drilling a three-pointer from the left corner with 4:18 remaining. Potsdam trailed 13-15 after one.Sophomore forward Nicole Hansen (Fulton, N.Y./G. Ray Bodley) put the Bears back in front drilling a three-pointer from the left wing within the first ten seconds of the second quarter. After going scoreless for the first three minutes, Oswego was able to connect on back-to-back threes from junior guard Quincey Zimmerman (Adams. N.Y./South Jefferson) and Gantley. With the game now tied at 21, Hansen hit a three-pointer of her own from the top of the key with five minutes until halftime. Sophomore guard Raiven Encarnacion (Newburgh, N.Y./Beacon) scored the last basket for either team with her floater from the right block with just over a minute left. Neither team was able to find quality shots for the remainder of the quarter and the Bears held a 26-25 lead at halftime.
Encarnacion drilled a three to begin the second half, giving the Lakers their first lead since the first quarter. After a missed three by Oswego, Hunter passed out to an open senior guard Riley Luckie (Ogdensburg, N.Y./Ogdensburg) for the Bears first three of the second half. Late in the quarter, Zimmerman connected on her third three-pointer in transition which put the Lakers up four with three minutes left in the quarter. After a couple of free throws from the Bears, Encarnacion's three gave the Lakers their largest lead of the game at eight, then Windhausen's postmove and score pushed it to 10 to close the third quarter.
The two teams traded baskets throughout the quarter and the Bears were able to shave the lead down to four with Hunter's layup in transition with 4:30 remaining. With just over a minute left, after a Lakers score, Hunter hit a three pointer off the glass to bring Potsdam to within just two. On their next play, Hunter was fouled on her drive and made both free throws, forcing a Laker timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Bears sent Zimmerman to the line where she made one of two. Elliott once again made it a one-point game with a floater inside the restricted area, and Oswego called another timeout. After Encarnacion made one of two free throws, Elliott tied the game at 62 by making her second free throw. With 3.3 seconds remaining, Encarnacion had a look inside but her shot bounced around and out as the game was sent to overtime.
The two teams traded leads early in overtime. Elliott went on a personal 5-0 stretch with under three minutes remaining. First, Elliott finished through contact and made her free throw to complete the three point play, and followed it with another contact layup. The Bears held a brief four point lead before Windhausen made an offensive putback with 53 seconds remaining. Windhausen then hit 2 of 2 free throws to give the Lakers back the lead. On the next play, Hunter was fouled and made both free throws to give the lead back to Potsdam with 17 seconds remaining. Castiglione missed the three to win the game, and wasn't able to finish the offensive putback as the Bears won 70-69.
Encarnacion finished with 15 points and five rebounds for the Lakers.
The Bears shot 35 percent and the Lakers shot 34 percent. The teams were tied in the rebounding department with 48 a piece.
Potsdam will host SUNY Cortland tomorrow at 2 p.m.