PAXTON, Mass: 76-74 was the final of tonight's overtime Anna Maria Women's Basketball triumph over conference opponent Rivier University, in Nashua, N.H.
How it Happened
The contest was neck and neck throughout all four quarters with Rivier holding a slight advantage with a two-point lead. The Raiders (1-10, 0-2 GNAC) weren't able to hold onto that two-point lead with less than five seconds to go in the fourth quarter, because Amber Wilson (New York, NY) of the AMCATS (4-11, 1-1 GNAC) wasn't going home with a loss. With one second to go in regulation Wilson was able to sink a layup off of a pass from Franny Hammond (Worcester, Mass) forcing the game into overtime, with the score tied at 70 all.
In overtime, there was only ten combined points scored, so every basket counted. Anna Maria was able to come back from being down four and secure the victory with clutch free throws from Sierra Johnson (Brockton, Mass.) and a final 3-Point shot made by Johanna Burke (Oxford, Mass) to end the game 76-74.
Key Players for Rivier
Kaylee Kacavas: 20 points, 2 blocks, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists,
Megan Hamel: finished with a Double-Double, 17 points and 16 rebounds,
Cydney Lessard: 15 points, 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Key Players for Anna Maria
Amber Wilson: game high 25 points and 8 rebounds,
Sierra Johnson: 18 points, 2 assists, and 5 rebounds,
Franny Hammond: 13 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists,
Johanna Burke: 10 rebounds, 6 points, 2 assists.
Inside the Numbers
Shooting Percentage: AMC 34.1%, RU 32.3%,
3-Point Percentage: AMC 14.3%, RU 37.5%,
Free Throw Percentage: AMC 59.3%, RU 71.8%,
Rebounds: AMC 61, RU 46,
Assists: AMC 11, RU 14,
Steals: AMC 8, RU 7
Turnovers: AMC 14, RU 16.
Rivier will be back this Saturday the 12th, when they travel to Albertus Magnus for another conference match up, starting at 1 PM.
Anna Maria will also be back in action this Saturday at home to face Emmanuel in conference play, with game time set for 12 PM.