ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Junior guard Alyssa Oursler hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left, then blocked a potential game-tying 3-pointer just before the end of overtime as Gettysburg upset ninth-ranked and undefeated Muhlenberg College 60-57 in Centennial Conference women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon in Memorial Hall.
The Bullets (7-8, 5-5 CC), who won their third game in a row, avenged their loss to Muhlenberg in November by holding the Mules to 28.6 percent shooting, marking the third game in a row a Gettysburg opponent has failed to shoot over 30 percent.
Oursler’s heroics capped a big day, as she finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for her second-consecutive double-double. Sophomore forward Caroline Murphy added a career-high 16 points to go with nine rebounds, and sophomore guard Alyssa Isler contributed 10 points. Senior center Sara Kinsley contributed six points and nine boards.
|GETTYSBURG ON A ROLL|
|Jan. 14||vs. Muhlenberg||W 60-57|
|Jan. 12||vs. Ursinus||W 60-49|
|Jan. 10||vs. Bryn Mawr||W 61-22|
Alexandra Chili scored a game-high 19 points for Muhlenberg (12-1, 7-1 CC) while Alita Zabrecky had 15 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Leeann Lanza added seven points and 13 rebounds.
The back-and-forth contest featured 12 ties and nine lead changes, with neither team leading by more than three over the final 15:46.
Gettysburg also defeated the Mules in its last victory over a ranked opponent, when it knocked off then-No. 19 Muhlenberg 70-57 on Jan. 15 of last season in Bream Gym. It was the Bullets first overtime win since beating Johns Hopkins 61-57 in Baltimore on Feb. 2 of last year.
The Bullets trailed 50-48 with 42 seconds left when they received possession following a Muhlenberg missed shot. Gettysburg called timeout with 23 seconds to go before sophomore guard Cori Younghans drove down the right side of the lane and dropped in a lay-up with 15 ticks showing. After a Mule timeout, Chili missed on a lay-up and Kinsley grabbed the rebound, sending the game to overtime.
The lead changed hands three times in the extra session, the last coming when Isler drained a jumper from just inside the left elbow of the 3-point line with 1:00 left to put the Bullets in front 58-57. The Mules misfired on two shots at the other end, and Gettysburg won possession after the second miss went out of bounds with 32 seconds left. Muhlenberg let 16 seconds run off the clock before it fouled Oursler, who nailed her final two free-throw attempts to finish 8-for-8 at the charity stripe. She then snuffed out Chili’s last-second shot from the left corner.
Oursler also had the hot hand early, when she scored six points in Gettysburg’s game-opening 10-2 run. The Mules came back to tie it midway through the period, but the Bullets would lead for most of the half. Chili put Muhlenberg up 29-27 on a jumper with 18 seconds left before Younghans pulled the Bullets even when she converted a lay-up two seconds before the buzzer.
Gettysburg pushed its lead back to as much as six (39-33) in the second half, when Murphy drained a jumper with 15:01 remaining. The Mules took their first lead (45-43) of the stanza on a Zabrecky jumper with 9:32 left, but the hosts were unable to extend their advantage beyond three down the stretch.
Zabrecky’s conventional three-point play with 2:46 to go made it 50-47, but the Bullets would come up with stops on Muhlenberg’s final four possessions. In the meantime, Kinsley made 1-of-2 free throws with 1:42 left, setting up Younghans’ clutch bucket just before the horn.
The Bullets finished 17-for-25 at the foul line, their highest output at the charity stripe since going 18-for-26 in their season opener against Manhattanville.