NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Endicott women's basketball team fell to Connecticut College in overtime, 61-59, on Sunday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Kaleigh Putnam (Wallingford, Conn.) paced the Gulls with 17 points (7-18 FG, 0-2 3PT, 3-4 FT) to go along with five rebounds, four steals, and two assists.
Trailing by as many as 15 points in the third quarter (5:04), Endicott took control of the game over the next 8:35 of play behind a 21-5 run to take a 50-49 lead with 4:50 to go in the fourth.
Pratt highlighted the offensive spurt with 14 points, which helped the Gulls claim their first lead of the matchup since the second quarter (23-22, 4:45),
From there, the scoreboard saw four lead changes and two ties before the Camels forced overtime by going 1-for-2 at the free throw line with 25-seconds to play.
Both teams went on to exchange a pair of layups in overtime, respectively, prior to seeing Claire Gulbin's (Wilton, Conn.) jump shot at the 1:12 mark hold true the rest of the way even though each team combined for five true scoring possessions until the final buzzer sounded.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's contest was the first meeting between the two programs since November 17, 2012.
- Endicott won that matchup, 58-47, to begin its the 2012-13 season as part of the Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) Tip-Off Tournament.
- There were nine ties and 16 lead changes in total in today's matchup.
- In the second half, Endicott went 10-for-30 from the field (2-8 3PT), 8-for-10 at the free throw line, and forced the Camels to commit 12 turnovers to spark its comeback attempt.
- The Gulls also limited Connecticut College to a .296 field goal percentage in the second half.
- Meanwhile, the Camels used a game-high .643 field goal percentage in the second quarter and a 13-2 run to close out the opening stanza that led to their largest lead of the contest in the third quarter (15 points, 44-29, 5:04).
Endicott (4-5) travels to Babson on Tuesday, December 31 at 1 PM. Connecticut College (4-5) plays Geneseo in the Babson College Tournament on Saturday, January 4 at 3 PM.
(Photo Credit - Nick Grace '20)