LAKE WALES and BABSON PARK, Fla. - The Goshen College women's basketball team won its second contest in its last three, defeating host Warner University 77-73 in overtime Saturday night.
It was the Maple Leafs second overtime contest of the season, having lost to Johnson and Wales University 80-79 just over a month ago. This time around, Goshen scored the final four points of the night to earn the victory.
Senior Mary Hathaway scored 22 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and third of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds. Classmate Sam Hawk added 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, freshman Jo'Mani Thomas had 12 points and nine rebounds, and senior Paige Davis added 11 points.
The Maple Leafs out shot the host Royals 36% to 32% and out rebounded them 55-45. Warner's Brooke Garmon (29 points) and Maria Zervos (19) combined for 48 points and eight 3-pointers to allow them to send the game to extra time.
Goshen led by as many as nine (18-9) midway through the first period, but an 11-0 run by the hosts switched the lead to their advantage. They eventually stretched their cushion to four (27-23) heading into the locker rooms for the halftime intermission.
The hosts started hot in the second half and were up by seven (32-25) just over a minute into the frame. This time it was a big Goshen run, 9-0, which flipped the lead back to their favor.
The lead changed hands six more times in the period, but the Maple Leafs looked poised to earn the win when Mary Hathaway hit a layup to put them up six (63-57) with just 1:44 to go.
Warner stayed alive when Zervos scored five points in the final 32 seconds sending the teams into overtime tied at 65-65. The Royals led 73-71 with just over a minute to play in the extra frame before a pair of Hawk free throws knotted the score again. Hathaway hit a jumper with 23 seconds left and then a pair of Thomas free throws iced the contest.
A night later, Goshen struggled in the second half (out scored 54-28) in a 91-59 loss to host Webber International. The Maple Leafs (2-13) return to Crossroads League play on Thursday when they travel to 11-3 Marian University.