Western New England Falls to Roger Williams in Overtime, 67-56

Sophomore Courtney Carlson recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block in Western New England's overtime loss at Roger Williams on Wednesday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)
Sophomore Courtney Carlson recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block in Western New England's overtime loss at Roger Williams on Wednesday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)

O'Neill scores team-high 15 points, Orbann & Carlson add 13 each

BRISTOL, R.I. (January 24, 2018) –
The Western New England University women's basketball team was outscored 15-4 in overtime as Roger Williams University came away with a 67-56 win over the Golden Bears on Wednesday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at the Campus Recreation Center. 

Top Performers
• Sophomore forward Courtney Carlson (Woodbury, Conn.) led the Golden Bears with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line to go with seven rebounds, two assists and one block.
• Classmate Meghan Orbann (East Hampton, Conn.) also scored 13 points and grabbed six boards, while senior guard Dorothy O'Neill (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored a team-high 15 points.

• Roger Williams senior forward Mariah Nicholas (Acushnet, Mass.) powered the Hawks with a game-high 20 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and one steal.
• Sophomore guard Gabby Jerahian (Quincy, Mass.) contributed 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range, and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, while senior guard Anna Walther (Northampton, Mass.) added 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Game Review
After Jerahian made a three-pointer to tie the contest at 50-50 with 42 seconds remaining in regulation, Carlson put the Golden Bears ahead late when she grabbed an offensive rebound and put back the go-ahead layup with nine seconds on the clock. Nicholas banked in the game-tying jumper with two seconds left, however, to send the contest to overtime.

The home team never trailed in the extra session, as Nicholas hit a jumper on the Hawks' first possession, and Roger Williams scored the next four points at the free throw line to open up a 58-52 advantage at the 3:17 mark. Orbann sank two free throws to get the Golden Bears back to within four (58-54) with 2:19 to play, but Jerahian connected from beyond the arc following a Roger Williams offensive rebound 29 seconds later to make it a seven-point game. The Hawks went on to claim an 11-point triumph with four free throws over the final 38 seconds of overtime.

Western New England held five-point leads at the end of the first quarter (14-9) and at halftime (23-18), before the Hawks pulled ahead for the first time (30-29) on a layup by senior Rebecca Ritchie (Hanover, Mass.) that capped off an 8-0 Roger Williams run 3:48 into the third quarter. Sophomore forward Alyssa Stefanelli (Chicopee, Mass.) snapped Western New England's scoreless drought of almost seven minutes with a corner three-pointer that gave the Golden Bears a 32-30 edge with 1:19 left in the third quarter, and the visitors held a 35-34 advantage heading into the fourth.

Roger Williams surged ahead with an 11-6 run to start the final quarter, including a triple from Nicholas that made it 45-41 at the 6:06 mark. Western New England eventually battled back to tie the score at 45-45, before claiming a 48-47 lead on a trey by Orbann with 3:12 remaining. Two O'Neill free throws with 2:37 on the clock made it a three-point game (50-47), leading to Jerahian's game-tying three-pointer in the final minute.

Notes
• The Golden Bears shot 32.2 percent (19-of-59) from the field, while Roger Williams made 37.1 percent (23-of-62) of its shots.
• With the victory, the Hawks extended their winning streak to seven games while snapping Western New England's five-game winning streak.
• Jerahian, Walther and Nicholas shot a combined 6-of-12 from three-point distance, while the rest of the Hawks went 0-for-5.

Up Next
Western New England (12-6, 8-3 CCC) will be back on the road Saturday at Salve Regina, while Roger Williams (15-3, 9-2 CCC) hosts the University of New England.