Muhlenberg wins on last-second 3
Chili hits winning 3, takes top spot on single-season scoring list
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- With the clock winding low, Alexandra Chili threw up a shot from deep in the corner and as has happened many times during her career, the shot rattled home. But unlike those other shots, this 3-pointer with 1.0 second remaining gave the Muhlenberg a thrilling 64-63 win against Williams and moved the Mules on to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament for the fourth time in school history.
Muhlenberg (22-5) advanced to face host Rochester, a 70-52 winner against Daniel Webster, at 7 p.m. on Saturday for a berth in the Sweet 16.
It was the third last-second game-winner of Chili’s career, but it was the first one to come in a make-or-go-home situation.
Freshman Leeann Lanza scored 10 points in her first career NCAA Tournament game. She also blocked a pair of shots.
Chili’s shot capped a wild back-and-forth affair that saw the two teams trade leads eight times in the final 10 minutes. After Muhlenberg controlled play for most of the first 30 minutes, Williams (21-6) took its first lead of the game with 9:36 to play in regulation. Back-to-back buckets by McKeon, and a pair of 3-pointers from Chili helped the Mules keep it a one-possession game.
Senior Sheila Cook hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to even the score at 61-61 with 1:39 to play. But the Ephs responded with a bucket as the shot clock expired to move in front, 63-61, with 12.1 seconds to play.
Well under the bonus, Williams fouled on consecutive inbounds passes to try to milk the clock. McKeon missed a tough layup in traffic with less than three seconds to play, but it deflected off the hands of an Eph to give Muhlenberg the ball and set the stage for Chili.
McKeon, whose lone assist came on the game winner, once again played well above her height as she pulled down 13 rebounds to go along with 13 points.
Chili finished with 24 points to give her 515 on the season, the most ever by a Muhlenberg basketball player (male or female).