ERIE, Pa. – Monica Dawyot hit the game-tying three pointer and then scored four of Franciscan's nine points in overtime to lead the women's basketball team past Penn State Behrend 61-54 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) action on Saturday.
The Barons (8-12, 6-8 AMCC) outscored the Lions (4-17, 4-10 AMCC) 9-2 in the five-minute overtime period to earn the regular-season split in the series. Lacey Huck and Iliana Gonzales helped Franciscan with 14 points apiece.
It was the first time this season Behrend lost with holding a lead at halftime. Ally Burke (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst Prep) and Erika Woll (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst) each recorded a team-best 11 points. Burke got her first double-double of the season, adding 11 rebounds.
The Lions jumped out to a 29-17 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.
Behrend held onto the lead until the final 11 seconds of the game. The Barons went from shooting 29.6 percent from the floor to 45.2 percent in the second half and drained five triples, including two in the final four minutes of the game.
The Lions had a 50-46 with 3:38 left to play. Gonzales hit the first triple for Franciscan to get within one. Nearly scoreless minutes go by and Woll hits a pair of free throws with 22 seconds showing on the clock to push force the Barons to take the three pointer.
From the corner of the court, Dawyot buries a three pointer on a pass from Gonzales to knot the score at 52-all heading into overtime.
Franciscan's defense held the Lions to just two points in overtime, while Dawyot hit four from the free-throw line and Huck added two from the charity stripe to take control of the game when it counted.
It marked the sixth double double for senior Brittany Kiger (White Oak, PA/McKeesport) with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Fontaine Glenn (West Sunbury, PA/Moniteau) was the fourth player in double figures with 10 points.
Behrend returns to action on Wednesday against Medaille. Game time is 6 p.m.