INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As they continue to search for their first victory of the season, the Maple Leafs women's basketball team dropped a pair of contests at the Marian University Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend, including a 71-63 defeat to Lourdes University (Ohio) and a thrilling 80-79 loss to Johnson and Wales University (Colo.).
While Saturday's finale against Johnson and Wales ultimately went extra time, it did not start strong for Goshen. After a pair of Sam Hawk free throws and 3-pointers by Liz Tecca and Mary Hathaway had the score knotted at 8-8, a quick 10-0 spurt by the Wildcats gave them an 18-8 lead just over five minutes in.
The gap remained at least seven until an old-fashioned 3-point play by Jo'Mani Thomas pulled the Leafs within four (26-22) with 7:45 left in the first half. A Hawk jumper with 1:54 remaining in the stanza tied the score at 35-35 but the Wildcats would take a 40-38 lead into the intermission.
The second half was a defensive battle with three more tied scores in the first 10 minutes of play. Goshen was never able to take a lead during the stretch, but never trailed by more than seven either.
They finally got their breakthrough with 5:22 left on the clock when Hathaway hit a layup for two of her 21 points. The lead changed hands seven times following that point. Down two with just 19 seconds on the clock, Jaime Stack got an offensive rebound and a outback to tie the score for the 11th time, this time at 72-72.
After a final second 3-pointer was off the mark for the Wildcats, the teams headed to overtime. The extra period started strong with Hawk drilling a 3-pointer as part of her massive 23-point effort. It was all Wildcats from there, though, as they went up 80-76 before a late Tecca long ball made the final score 80-79.
Hawk hit 8-of-14 from the field for her season high 23 points, while Stack finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Hathaway registered her second double-double of the season (21 points, 19 rebounds) which included six rebounds in the overtime period.
The weekend started with a loss to the Grey Wolves from Lourdes who hit 10-of-20 3-pointers on way to the 71-63 victory over the Leafs. Lourdes led just 13-12 past the midway point of the first half, but closed the period on a 27-10 streak to take a 39-22 lead into the break.
Goshen would eventually go down by as many as 24 before long range shots from Tecca and Tyra Carver snapped Lourdes momentum with just over 11 minutes to play. The Leafs continued to chip away at the deficit the rest of the way, but could not get the gap to single digits until the final minute as they ran out of time.
Carver led Goshen with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting off the bench. Also off the bench, Stack had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds as Goshen hit 40% from the field. The teams posted identical 12 offensive, 29 defensive, 41 total rebound numbers.
Goshen (0-8) will return to Crossroads League play this week. They travel to Mishawaka for a meeting with the 5-1 Bethel Pilots (#15 in NAIA DII National Poll) on Wednesday before hosting 8-0 Saint Francis (NAIA DII #25) on Saturday.