Falcons Drop Heartbreaker Late to Pine Manor College 69-67
The Falcons would foul but only had .3 seconds left on the clock following two missed Pine Manor College free-throws and another Falcon time-out. Albertus only had time for a tip-in and a long throw-in was intercepted by Pine Manor College to end the game.
Albertus used a strong second half push to close the gap and was sparked when junior forward Sarah Boudreau converted a three point play to cut the lead to 63-58. The game continued to battle back an forth until freshman guard Lindsay Karle (Wallingford, CT/Lyman Hall) buried a deep three pointer to cut the lead to 66-63 with 3:20 remaining in the second half.
Freshman forward Annie Raucci (Milford, CT/Foran) grabbed a defensive rebound and hustled the length of the floor to make a key basket with 1:23 remaining and to cut the lead to 68-65. Following a missed Pine Manor jumper, Karle would finish a beautiful pass from sophomore guard Shanilya Bush (New Haven, CT/Wilbur Cross) with 40.5 seconds on the clock to cut the score 68-67.
The Falcons would foul Pine Manor College on an agressive loose ball diving play an Pine Manor made one of two at the free-throw line to make the score 69-67 with 9.3 seconds remaining in the half.
Karle led the Falcons with a team high 19 points while Bush added 12 points and seven assists. Freshman guard Nicole Acerra (East Haven, CT/East Haven) chipped in 11 points.
Pine Manor College was led by junior guard Therline Dumeran (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge) and her outstanding performance of a game high 25 points, game high 22 rebounds, six steals, four assists, and four blocks.
Albertus drops to 6-9, 1-4 GNAC while Pine Manor College improves to 5-10, 2-3 GNAC.
The Falcons travel to New London, CT to take on Connecticut College in a non-conference game on Tuesday with a 7:00 pm tip-off.