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Red Flash Outlast Pioneers in 2OT Classic

Updated: Monday, March 10 2014, 12:36 AM EDT

Via St. Francis Athletics

LORETTO, Pa. (March 9, 2014) – Before today, no team in Northeast Conference Tournament history had ever reached the century mark in points. Both teams far surpassed 100 points this afternoon and together they set the second-highest scoring mark in a single game in NCAA women's basketball history. Saint Francis U took down Sacred Heart, 132-124, in a double-overtime thriller in the NEC Quarterfinals inside DeGol Arena.

The Red Flash (14-16, 11-7) got another 47 point effort from Alli Williams (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle), tying the career-high she set last Monday against Wagner. Alexa Hayward (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) set a new career-high with 43 points, meaning the Flash got a combined 90 points from its two captains.

Gabrielle Washington scored a career-high 47 points for the Pioneers (12-18, 9-9) en route to setting a new Sacred Heart single game scoring record. The 47 points for Washington and Alli Williams (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) set a new Northeast Conference Tournament single game scoring record.

"We were confident coming into the Northeast Conference Tournament and we can beat anyone if we play our game," SFU head coach Joe Haigh said.

Saint Francis trailed by seven with just 38 seconds to play in regulation after two free throws from Gabrielle Washington. After a lay-in by Hayward and steal from Corissa Archer(Clermont, Fla./East Ridge) the Flash gained some life and was able to tie it up as Williams scored with just a second to spare. 

"Down the stretch we had to play the foul game, and I think we did a great job of denying the inbounds pass," Haigh continued.

In the first overtime, it looked as if Sacred Heart was going to come away with the game again as it led by three with just 20 seconds to play. Hayward converted on an old-fashioned three-point play and the score was knotted at 115 apiece as time expired.

The Flash proved to be too much in the second overtime as they went on a 10-4 run and led by seven with 1:37 to play. Sacred Heart narrowed the margin again to four, but sound free-throw shooting from SFU clinched the win.

It was a game of runs right from the beginning; the Red Flash started the contest on a 10-0 streak to force a Pioneers timeout. Sacred Heart battled back immediately and scored eight straight points.

Sacred Heart held a six point lead with less than five minutes to play in the opening frame before Saint Francis embarked on a 12-1 run to regain the advantage. The Red Flash led 53-47 at the halftime break.

Saint Francis posted single digit turnovers for the second straight game. SFU finished with just nine, while they forced 18. Each team recorded 48 rebounds in the contest, Alli Williams (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) had 17 boards for the Flash.

Saint Francis makes the short trek to Emmitsburg, Maryland on Wednesday night to take on No. 2 Mount St. Mary's in the NEC Semifinals, tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game can be viewed on ESPN3.

The Red Flash and Mountaineers split in the regular season series. SFU won the first match-up at home on Jan. 20, 81-66, but fell on Feb. 24 at The Mount, 97-80.

Red Flash Outlast Pioneers in 2OT Classic


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