Mustangs Battle in Tight Contest, Lose to Lycoming in Overtime, 57-55

Mustangs Battle in Tight Contest, Lose to Lycoming in Overtime, 57-55

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson women's basketball freshman Stephanie Martinez (Freehold Township, N.J./Freehold Township) sank a three-pointer to force overtime, but Lycoming's Olivia Manges hit what proved to be the game-winning layup with 1:28 remaining to hand the Mustangs a 57-55 overtime loss Saturday afternoon at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

The game featured nine lead changes and five ties with neither team holding more than a six point lead.

The Mustangs (5-6, 2-6 MAC) got off to a blazing start on two consecutive three-pointers by senior Sam Murray (Reisterstown, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) for a 6-0 lead in the game's first three minutes.  Murray was 3-for-6 behind the arc in the first half and led all scorers with 11 points at halftime.

The Warriors (3-11, 3-5 MAC) would lead by as much as six in the first half, the last time coming at 2:29 on a fast break layup by Manges who finished with a game-high 20 points off the bench.

Lycoming would keep the game tight as a majority of the second half was a one possession game, before breaking out a five-point lead with four minutes remaining in regulation.

Murray would hit her fourth three-pointer to give Stevenson a 46-44 lead with 1:27 remaining, the last lead the Mustangs would hold.

Kat Andriani would immediately respond with a layup, forcing the third tie of the game at 46-46, and the Warriors last field goal in regulation.

Lycoming went 3-of-4 from the foul line down the stretch to extend their lead to 49-46 with nine seconds left.

Sophomore Kayleigh Guzek (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) found Martinez who would hit her only three-pointer of the game to force overtime.

The Warriors took control of the overtime period, as the Mustangs would tie the game for the fifth and final time at 52-all on a three-pointer by freshman Brittney Page (Wilmot, N.H./Kearsarge).

Freshman Ruth Casadevall (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Wallenpaupack) had a career-high 10 rebounds while Martinez had a career-high six assists.  Sophomore Kyarra Harmon (Waldorf, Md./North Point) added nine points, six rebounds and three steals.

Joining Manges in pacing the Warriors was Julia Antonelli with seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Mustangs travel to Virginia Wesleyan for their penultimate nonconference game of the season on Sunday.  Game time is at 4:00 p.m.