Women's Basketball Falls To St. Peter's In Overtime, 56-52
St. Peter's College defeated the University of Massaschusetts, 56-52, in overtime this evening in women's basketball action at the Mullins Center. The Peahens made four free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory and improve to 1-1 on the season.
The Minutewomen held a two point leading going into the halftime break, behind the solid play of juniors Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Amber Sneed (Cincinnati, Ohio) who posted nine and six points respectively. The Minutewomen shot 45.5 percent from the field ( 10-for-22 ) and 75 percent from three-point range (3-for-4) during the half.
UMass extended it's lead to as many as nine points in the second half, but St. Peter's battled back to tie the game at 43 with three minutes remaining in regulation. Tyiana Sears gave the Peahen's their first lead of the second half on a layup with 31 seconds remaining. Bulter's layup with 7 seconds remaining on the clock tied the game at 47 and forced the overtime period.
The Minutewomen were forced to foul as time ran down, and the Peahen's took advantage from the free throw line. St. Peter's shot 5-for-8 from the free throw stripe in overtime to earn it's first victory of the season, while UMass falls to 0-2 overall on the season.
Butler finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Sneed chipped in 12 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Cleo Foster (Toronto, Ontario) had four assists and 2 steals in the game for the Minutewomen.
The Minutewomen return to action on Friday, Nov. 23 when they take on Rice University at the Mullins Center. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.