RIT women fall to Skidmore in OT

Courtesy of RITathletics.com

The RIT women’s basketball team (18-5, 12-4 Liberty League) rallied late in regulation, before falling to host Skidmore College (14-9, 12-4 Liberty League), 70-64 in overtime on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, RIT, Skidmore and Ithaca are locked in a three-way tie for first in the Liberty League standings with identical 12-4 records.

RIT led 50-48 late in the fourth quarter before Caite Opfer tied the game with a jumper and with 35 seconds left, Kelly Donnelly scored on a lay-up to give Skidmore the 52-50 lead. After a RIT miss and one made free throw by Veronica Moceri, Skidmore held a 53-50 lead. RIT senior Jessica Glaz (Rockaway Beach, NY/Scholars Academy) attempted a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left and was fouled, giving her three free throw attempts and a chance to tie the game.

Glaz, RIT’s second all-time leading scorer, calmly drained all three free throws to tie the game at 53-53.

The Tigers never led in the overtime session, but after being down early, tied the game at 59-59 on Cori Okada (Fullerton, CA/Troy)‘s 3-pointer with 2:01 left. Moceri would drain a 3-pointer on Skidmore’s next possession and give them the lead for good. Moceri would score 11 of Skidmore’s 17 points in the overtime, as the Thoroughbreds moved into a tie for first with RIT in the league standings.

Moceri hit 10-of-11 shots from the foul line en route to a game-high 24 points. Kelly Donnelly added 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Opfer grabbed 12 boards, scored nine points and blocked four shots.

Tara Lynch (Green Township, NJ/Newton) led the Tigers with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Okada added 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Glaz had eight points, six boards, five assists and two blocks.

Overall, Skidmore shot 36.4 percent from the floor, while RIT shot 34.0 percent. RIT out-rebounded Skidmore, 44-38, but committed 26 fouls to just 10 by the Thoroughbreds.

The Thoroughbreds fed off their senior day festivities and jumped out to 7-2 lead en route to holding a 15-10 edge after one quarter of play.

RIT would rally in the second quarter, going on a quick 5-0 burst to tie the game at 15-15. Skidmore would regain the lead and eventually go up 22-19 on a free throw by Veronica Moceri with 3:21 left in the half. RIT would score the next seven points on a 3-pointer by Okada and consecutive buckets inside from Abby Judd (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Sutherland) and Lynch to lead 26-22. Skidmore would score back-to-back buckets in the final minute, as the two teams headed into the locker room knotted at 26-26.

The Tigers shot 37.0 percent from the field and had 20 rebounds in the opening half, while Skidmore shot 33.3 percent from the floor and grabbed 15 caroms. Lynch led all scorers with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor, while Donnelly led the Thoroughbreds with eight points.

RIT will wrap up the regular season with a pair of home games next weekend. RIT hosts Union on Friday at 6 p.m. and Bard Saturday at 2 p.m. RIT will honor its senior class on Saturday.

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