Ashley Christie's contested layup with eight seconds left in overtime led sixth-seeded Mount St. Mary's to a 59-57 win over third-seeded Monmouth in the Northeast Conference women's basketball tournament quarterfinals on Sunday. The playoff win for the Mount is the program's first since the 2000-01 season.
The Mountaineers (15-15, 10-8) trailed by five points at 54-49 with 3:42 left in the overtime period, but outscored the Hawks (15-5, 12-6) 10-3 the rest of the way to come away with the win. With the score tied at 57, Tara Lonergan stole a Monmouth inbound pass with 35 seconds to go to set up the final possession in overtime.
Mount St. Mary's held a 26-18 lead at halftime, but the Hawks started the second half with an 11-4 run. The lead would go back and forth between the teams, but ultimately a Hawks layup by Abigail Martin, followed by Alysha Womack's free throw with 13 seconds left, forced the extra period.
In the overtime period, the Mount forced five Hawks turnovers while not committing any. For the game, Mount St. Mary's turned the ball over just 11 times, its second lowest total of the season.
The Mountaineers will face top-seeded Quinnipiac in the semifinals Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Vermont 85, UMBC 72: The Catamounts (21-10, 11-5) broke a late tie at 62 with a 14-2 run to defeat the Retrievers in the America East tournament semifinals. Senior Ryan Cook (St.Vincent Pallotti) scored a game-high 20 points in his final game.
UMBC (8-23, 5-11) hit 16 of 29 shots from the floor in the first half but struggled in the final 20 minutes, converting only seven of 22 attempts.
Cook finished the season with 478 points, the ninth-most in school history. Brian Neller, who set the UMBC single-season record for 3s, completed his four-year run with 261, second-most in school history.
Saturday's late men's result
Manhattan 55, Loyola 52: Leading wire to wire, the sixth-seeded Jaspers held off a furious Greyhound charge to win, 55-52, and advance to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Loyola (21-11, 11-7) was down by 14 points in the second half. Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) converted a three-point play with a layup and free throw with 2:42 left on the clock to pull within a point, but four Greyhound shots thereafter went off the mark, including Robert Olson's off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Manhattan (13-17, 10-9) survived despite going 15-for-27 from the foul line.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun