DeSales downs No. 19 Muhlenberg
Freshman Gallagher's 3 with 39 seconds remaining seals upset
Center Valley, Pa. – DeSales put on a defensive clinic to shock No. 19 Muhlenberg 60-57 in overtime on Monday.
The Bulldogs (7-6) held Muhlenberg to just 30.0 percent (18-for-60) shooting and forced the Mules into 20 turnovers. MC (9-2) entered the game averaging 74.5 points per game but was held more than 17 points below its average, despite an extra five minutes. DSU didn't shoot well (30.9 percent) but took care of the ball, committing 14 turnovers with only three in the second half and overtime combined.
Senior Lori Lidlow led the scoring attack with 15 points and also had four assists, doing most of her scoring from the line where she was 9 of 14. Lidlow also was the primary defender on MC's Alexandra Chili, who came into the game averaging 22.1 points per game but was held to 2 of 17 shooting to go with six turnovers. The Mules' top gun had just 12 points.
Sophomore Colleen Gavin also reached double figures with 10 points for DeSales and grabbed nine rebounds despite only playing 17 minutes before fouling out. Junior Cherelle Simmons totaled seven points and 13 rebounds, all of which came after the 15:00 mark of the second half.
Junior Hannah Smith hit big shot after big shot late in the second half and in overtime, finishing with a career-high nine points and four assists while committing just one turnover in 39 minutes at point guard.
Sophomore Taylor Greene came off the bench for nine points and freshman Megan Gallagher scored just seven points, but hit a big 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining in overtime. Gallagher also pulled down seven rebounds.
Chili finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Muhlenberg, while sophomore Alita Zabrecky had 11 points, freshman Leeann Lanza totaled 10 points and senior Kelly McKeon had eight points, 11 rebounds and six assists in just her third game back from a hand injury.
Despite the ugly shooting percentages for the game, both teams shot well in the first half as Muhlenberg opened up a 4-0 lead early, led by as many as nine points at 25-16 on a 3 from Alexandra Berlin. MC held a six-point advantage at 31-25 heading into the break.
In the second half, DSU started chipping away at the lead getting within two on two quick baskets to open the half and eventually tied the game at 35 for the first time at the 16:43 mark on two Lidlow free throws.
Two more Lidlow freebies at the 11:31 mark gave DSU a 41-39 lead before Muhlenberg methodically used an 8-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 47-41 advantage. Five consecutive free throws over the next 1:30 pulled DSU within one, and Smith broke an 0-for-16 Bulldog drought from the field with a 3-pointer from the right corner to stake DeSales to a 49-48 lead with 3:40 remaining.
One free throw from Lanza tied the game and with just over two minutes left in the game, DSU had the ball near the end of the shot clock when Gallagher drove the lane and converted a scooping lay-up giving the Bulldogs a 51-49 lead.
Lidlow was fouled on the next DSU possession and she knocked down 1-of-2 from the line with 1:35 left. With 32 seconds left Chili was fouled on a 3-point attempt and she calmly hit all three charity tosses to the game at 52 sending the game into overtime after a jumper from Simmons with three ticks left was short.
DeSales scored the first four points of the overtime. Three consecutive points from Lanza made it a one-point game (56-55) with 1:10 left when Gallagher again came up huge.
DSU worked the ball around on its next possession and as the shot clock wound down under five seconds, Lidlow spotted Gallagher at the top of the key all alone as she let go on a 3 that gave the Bulldogs a 59-55 advantage with 39 seconds on the clock.
Muhlenberg quickly scored with 25 seconds left and eventually fouled Greene with 17 ticks remaining. Greene missed both freebies but a short running jumper from McKeon rolled across the back of the rim as senior Megan Montchyk grabbed the defensive rebound and was fouled with eight seconds left. Montchyk was then fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass after a jump ball on the rebound, knocked down the first free throw and missed the second as a last second half-court attempt was well of the mark as the buzzer sounded.