CHESTER, Pa. – Despite a career-best 18 points from freshman Olivia Coleman, the Stevenson University women's basketball team was outlasted by Widener University 77-73 in MAC Commonwealth action Saturday afternoon at the Schwartz Center.
Stevenson (12-10, 6-7 MAC Commonwealth) played its second overtime game of the season, and it marked the first double overtime game and longest game in program history.
Coleman finished 7-15 from the floor and also grabbed nine rebounds while blocking a pair of shots. Junior Jonyae Curry posted her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while freshman Denia Campbell also finished with 13 points. Senior Imani Sanders chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and three assists.
Devan Rimmer led Widener (10-11, 4-8) with 22 points, while Madison Ireland finished with 21. Allison Gallagher added 13 points for the Pride.
Stevenson led 62-55 with 1:39 remaining in regulation after Sanders made 1-of-2 at the free throw line. Widener cut the lead to five with 1:05 left after Rimmer sank a pair of free throws. Following a Mustang turnover, Gallagher converted a layup to make it 62-59 with just over 30 seconds left.
Widener elected not to foul and after the Mustangs came up empty, the Pride got the ball back with 18 seconds left. Rimmer sank a three with seven seconds to go to tie the game 62-62. Stevenson called timeout to advance the ball to the front court for a chance at a game-winning basket, but a pair of attempts were off the mark.
In the first overtime session, the hosts scored the first five points to go up 67-62, before a Sanders layup with just under a minute left made it 67-64. After Widener came up empty, with Curry grabbing the defensive rebound with 20.4 seconds left. Stevenson called timeout and forced the second overtime as Campbell banked in a 25-foot three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired.
Rimmer led off the second overtime session with a three on Widener's first possession. A Coleman layup made it a 70-69 game with 4:12 to go, but the Pride increased the lead to three, 72-69, with 2:54 left on a Gallagher basket. Stevenson pulled within two on a Sanders free throw at the 2:37 mark, but with 2:26 to go, Madison Ireland's layup but Widener on top 74-70.
Sophomore Hannah Crist sank two free throws with 2:03 left to again make it a one possession game. With 1:53 left, an Ireland free throw made it 75-72, but Stevenson countered as Coleman made 1-of-2 at the line with 1:04 remaining. Ireland sank a pair of free throws with 46 seconds remaining to double Widener's lead, and after a Crist three was off the mark, Ireland grabbed the defensive rebound with 37 seconds left. Stevenson elected not to foul, and got the ball back late, but its final possession came up empty.
Widener jumped out to an 11-4 lead three minutes into the game before Stevenson used a 13-2 run to take a 17-13 lead with 21 seconds left in the first quarter on a Coleman conventional three-point play. The Mustangs took an 18-16 lead into the second quarter. The second quarter saw six lead changes before a Curry layup with two seconds on the clock put the Mustangs up 31-29 at intermission.
Neither side led by more than four points in the third quarter, and a Crist three with 47 seconds left in the frame tied the period 50-50, which would be the score entering the fourth. Widener led 54-52 before Stevenson used a 9-0 run to take a 61-54 lead with 3:03 remaining on a basket by freshman Brandi Hall.
Widener shot 33.3% for the game and Stevenson 32.9%, but the Pride knocked down seven of their 20 three-point attempts while the Mustangs went 4-15 behind the arc. Stevenson held a 59-55 rebounding advantage, while the hosts outscored Stevenson 27-19 in points off turnovers.
Stevenson is back in action Wednesday night when it hosts Hood in a 6:00 MAC Commonwealth contest at Owings Mills Gym.