EASTON, Pa. Seniors Kelly Scott and Carrie Biemer scored all but four points for the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team in the second half, but even Scott’s game-tying basket at the regulation buzzer was not enough to propel Penn past Lafayette Wednesday night. Lafayette held on to win, 59-55 in overtime.
The final sequence of events created a whirlwind of emotion. Junior Caitlin Slover knocked down four consecutive free throws over a 55 second span to bring Penn from a three-point deficit to a one-point lead with 1:05 remaining.
Lafayette (2-5) responded with a bucket on their next possession for a 48-47 lead with 47 seconds remaining. Penn (0-6) countered as Biemer muscled in a layup off a tremendous pass from sophomore Erin Power to regain the lead with 29 seconds left.
On Lafayette’s next possession, the Leopards missed their first shot and in a mad scramble for the rebound, Penn dove on the ball and called a timeout with just seven ticks on the clock.
However, with no timeouts left, Lafayette was given two technical free throws. They made them both. Per the technical foul, they were then given the ball back. Penn was forced to foul and after making one of the two ensuing free throws, Lafayette led by two, 51-49.
Freshman Tyler Cumbo immediately pushed the ball up the floor and dished to Scott on the wing. Scott drove the lane and as the final buzzer sounded at the end of the second half, Scott’s running layup had just left her hands and was gliding off the glass. It found the bottom of the net and Penn pushed the Leopards into an extra session.
In the overtime, Lafayette scored four of the first five points to take a 55-52 lead. Biemer promptly hit a three to tie the game near the two-minute mark, but a Lafayette basket and a Penn miss forced the Quakers to foul down the stretch. The Leopards made two free throws in the waning seconds to end it.
Lafayette threatened to run away early as they jumped out to an 11 point lead. In holding Penn scoreless for over an eight-minute stretch, the Leopards led 18-7 with just under seven minutes left in the first.
Penn stormed back though, closing the gap to 25-20 at the 2:26 mark. Lafayette would score the last four points of the half to take a 29-20 lead into the intermission.
Scott finished with a 15 points, while Biemer had a team-high 26 points. Power had a career-high nine rebounds in her first collegiate start and also had a team-high five assists. Slover finished with seven points and four rebounds.
Penn was also aided by a stellar day at the free throw line, hitting 16-of-19 shots (84.2%). Penn's full-court press forced 22 turnovers.
In a stretch of three games in five days, Penn moves on to host Navy at 3 p.m. Friday and then travel to Colgate for a 2 p.m. start Sunday.