NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (Jan. 6, 2014) – The Saint Francis University women's basketball team earned an overtime victory over Central Connecticut State, 106-97, on Monday evening to earn its first Northeast Conference win of the season.
The Red Flash (3-10, 1-1) outscored the Blue Devils (6-6, 0-2) 21-12 in the overtime period and put up their second-highest offensive output in school history with the 106 total points. It was the most points SFU has scored since January 10, 2004.
Alli Williams (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) flirted with a triple-double as the senior poured in 27 points and added eight rebounds and six assists. Bridget Murphy (Bethlehem, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) set another career-high with a 24 point effort; the freshman shot 7-of-10 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line.
"We missed some free throws late in regulation that we should have had, I was proud of how we battled in overtime," said SFU head coach Joe Haigh.
Alexa Hayward (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) posted another 20 point game, her fourth of the season. Aisha Brock (Jacksonville, Fla./Potter's House Christian Academy) and Erin Blaine (Washington, D.C./H.D. Woodson) also posted 10 points to round out the SFU players in double-figures.
"In order for us to really make some noise in Northeast Conference play we must have the younger kids continue to step up," Haigh continued.
Alexa Hayward (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) keyed the scoring to start the game, the junior knocked down three triples in the first four minutes of the contest to spark a lead for SFU. The Flash would go on to lead by as much as eight halfway through the period.
Central Connecticut then went on 23-9 run to take an eight point lead of its own. SFU battled back and after a Bridget Murphy (Bethlehem, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) short jumper with 20 seconds to go, SFU trailed by just three at the break (44-41).
CCSU extended its lead in the second half to 11 at the 7:09 mark and Saint Francis would again have to mount a comeback. SFU did just that and embarked on a 21-6 run over just three minutes of play to regain the lead. The run was sparked by Murphy who notched five straight points.
Lauren Arbogast nailed a three with 20 seconds left in regulation for the Blue Devils to take an 85-84 lead. Alli Williams (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) got to the free throw line and knocked down 1-2 to tie the game at 85.
Saint Francis capitalized on its free throws in the overtime period and pulled away for good.
74 total fouls were called in the contest, SFU converted on 40-62 free throws, while CCSU notched 27-40.
Saint Francis will return Loretto for the first time in over a month as it takes on Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m. inside DeGol Arena.