MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Caleigh Ryan scored a team-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting but the Wesleyan women's basketball team lost an overtime thriller on Sunday afternoon to New York University, 93-91.
Today's loss was the first of the year for the Cardinals who are now 6-1 overall. The last time Wesleyan won its first six games of the season was 2004-05. The Violets overcame a 17-point second half deficit as Janean Cuffee led the impressive comeback with 34 points as NYU improved to 6-1.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The visitors came out strong and jumped out to a 10-4 lead.
- However, Wesleyan answered with a 9-0 run capped off by a 3-pointer from Emma Roush at the 3:04 mark to go ahead 15-10.
- After a trey from Lauren Koyama cut the deficit to two with less than a minute to play in the first quarter, Ryan answered with a basket just 20 seconds later as the Cardinals led 19-15 after one.
- The two teams exchanged baskets in the opening minutes of the second but the home team outscored NYU 14-4 in the final six minutes of play to take a 39-27 lead into the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan continued to increase its lead early in the third and a pair of free throws by Marina Petruzzi at the 7:10 mark gave the home team its biggest lead of the game, up 17.
- The Violets slowly cut into the deficit and with 2:04 remaining, a 3-pointer by Koyama got the visitors within seven.
- However, just 11 seconds later, Maggie Lee hit one from behind-the-arc to briefly put Wesleyan back up by double-digits.
- The Cardinals would go on to lead 62-54 entering the fourth.
- Trailing 69-58 with 7:48 to play in regulation, NYU rallied with a 9-0 run capped off by another 3-pointer from Koyama.
- Ryan and Cuffee went back-and-forth down the stretch, each hitting one clutch shot after another.
- After a free throw by Ryan gave Wesleyan an 81-79 lead with just six seconds to play, Cuffee drove to the basket and was fouled with :03 on the clock. She hit both free throws to send the game into overtime.
- The Violets scored the first five points of overtime.
- With under a minute to play, a missed 3-pointer by the Cardinals was corralled by Ryan who dished it out to Maddie Clark as the sophomore guard drilled one from behind-the-arc to tie the game at 91-91 with 40 seconds remaining.
- On the next possession, Cuffee was fouled and sent to the line where she hit both to go ahead 93-91 with 16 seconds remaining.
- Wesleyan was unable to get off a good look in the closing seconds as NYU completed the come-from-behind victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- In addition to her 24 points, Ryan also grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists, recorded a game-high three steals, and blocked a shot. Katy O'Connor tallied a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Petruzzi finished with 17 points and a team-high five assists while Lee added 10 points off the bench.
- Koyama was 5-of-10 from 3-point range as she finished with 17 points and Brooklyn Shelton scored 17 off the bench on 7-of-12 shooting. Annie Barrett led the team with 10 rebounds and a game-high seven assists.
- Wesleyan held a slight 44-42 edge in rebounding. Both teams recorded 15 assists and scored 26 points in the paint.
- Wesleyan is back in action on Tuesday, December 3 as it hosts Williams in a non-conference game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.