November 20, 2007

Johnson and O'Keefe Lead Women's Basketball to Overtime Win Tuesday

November 20, 2007

BRYANT WOMEN PULL OUT DRAMATIC 79-70 OVERTIME WIN AT SAINT ANSELM TUESDAY NIGHT

Northeast-10 Conference Women's Basketball

 
Cara Johnson led all scorers with 17 points in Tuesday's overtime win at Saint Anselm. www.dspics.com

MANCHESTER, NH -  Junior guard Cara Johnson (Endicott, NY) scored nine of her 17 team-high 17 points in overtime to help lead the Bryant University women's basketball team to a 79-70 win over Saint Anselm College here Tuesday night.  The win is the second in a row to open the season as the Bulldogs improve to 2-0 overall on the year, 1-0 in Northeast-10 Conference play. 

In a game very similar to last year's meeting between Bryant and Saint Anselm at Stoutenburg Gym, won by the Bulldogs in overtime, the Bulldogs needed some late game heroics once again from guard Lynne-Ann Kokoski (Hatfield, Mass.). In last year's meeting,  Kokoski hit a drive in the lane in the final seconds to force overtime. 

On Tuesday night, it was Kokoski again hitting a clutch basket in the lane with 17.3 seconds left to once again force overtime. 

In the extra period, Johnson hit two free throws and followed with a three-pointer from the top of the key to put the Bulldogs ahead 68-63 and the Bulldogs never trailed from there.  Two Kelsey O'Keefe (Warren, Mass.) free throws and a steal and layup by Courtney Schermerhorn (Lowell, Mass.) had the Bulldogs off on the right foot in conference play. 

Bryant trailed at the half, 38-36 but made 10 of 16 free throws in the second half and 9 of 10 free throws in the overtime session to pull out the win.  Johnson was 5-for-10 from the floor and had five rebounds while O'Keefe finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Saint Anselm (0-2, 0-2 NE-10) was led by Justine Lyons' 15 points while Cassaundra Thorpe had 10 points off the bench before fouling out.

The Bulldogs will host Franklin Pierce Sunday in the 2007-08 home opener at the Chace Athletic Center.  Tipoff is set for 1:30 pm.

 

At Stoutenburgh Gym, Manchester, N.H.
BRYANT 79, SAINT ANSELM 70

BRYANT (2-0, 1-0 NE-10)
Cara Johnson 5-10 6-8 17; Kelsey O'Keefe 5-11 6-8 16; Court Schermerhorn 2-8 7-8 11; Kristin Mraz 4-9 3-4 11; Lynne-Ann Kokoski 3-8 1-4 7; Lindsey Hudspeth 2-2 1-2 6; Jamie Campbell 0-1 6-7 6; Siamone Bennett 1-1 1-1 3; Adrianne Mayshar 1-3 0-1 2; Kristen Dessingue 0-1 0-0 0; Kelli Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0; Stephanie Fontaine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 31-43 79.

SAINT ANSELM (0-2, 0-2 NE-10)
Erin Higgins 6-10 6-8 20; Justine Lyons 6-8 0-0 15; Cassaundra Thorpe 4-7 2-5 10; Rachel Reilly 1-9 6-9 9; Cassandra Loftus 3-6 2-3 8; Courtney May 1-2 2-4 4; Grace Harrington 1-4 0-1 2; Jennifer Gureckis 1-2 0-0 2; Jamie Vessels 0-0 0-0 0; Meredith Amyot 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-48 18-30 70.
Halftime - Saint Anselm 38-36

 

 

 

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