Score: Dean College 75, Lesley University 66
Records: Dean College (11-7, 8-2 NECC), Lesley University (3-15, 3-7 NECC)
Location: Nicholas Athletic Center, Cambridge, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM
Shannon Rosensteel (Sunrise, Fla.) erupted for a career-high 30 points and visiting Dean College pitched a shutout in overtime as the Bulldogs outlasted Lesley University, 75-66, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action on Tuesday night.
The victory for Dean is their second in a row and fourth in their last six contests as they improve to 11-7 overall but more importantly, remain in second place in the league standings at 8-2 in conference contests.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In a game that Lesley by as many as 11 early in the fourth quarter and featured 16 ties and 15 lead changes, it was the Bulldogs, who clamped down in the fourth period and overtime as they outscored the Lynx 36-16 over the final 15 minutes of game action.
The Dean rally began with a 13-0 run that featured six points from Rosensteel including the go-ahead basket with just under six minutes remaining to make the score 54-52.
Lesley didn't go away and when Madelyn Whipple made a jumper and Theresa Pereira dropped in a three-pointer for the Lynx, they were back in front, 59-56.
Later, two more hoops from Rosensteel had the Bulldogs ahead 60-59 with less than three minutes to play. However, Pereira answered back with a free throw and another three-pointer, giving the lead back to Lesley.
After Rosensteel put Dean in front again, Pereira connected on yet another triple and the hosts had a 66-64 advantage.
The game was tied again when Jamaya Cleveland (Greensboro, Ga.) knocked down a jumper with less than a minute to go and the contest went into overtime after Cleveland couldn't drop in the game-winning shot with two seconds to go.
While the Bulldogs were finding the bottom of the net, the Lynx were going cold, missing all eight shot attempts in overtime.
The game was still in doubt as Dean kept the Lynx alive by going 1-for-8 from the free throw line until Emma Morrison (Northport, N.Y.) put the game away with two free throws with four seconds remaining.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Dean shot a season-best 54 percent from the field, held a slight 31-28 edge on the glass and controlled the interior with a 38-20 advantage on points in the paint.
Rosensteel was tremendous, scoring 22 of her 30 points after halftime and she was extremely efficient in doing so, going 15-for-18 from the field to go along with nine rebounds and three steals.
Turner joined Rosensteel in double figures with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Church added nine points of her own.
Pereira actually led all scorers with 32 points for the Lynx, who also got a double-double from Dakota Jones (16 points, 11 rebounds).
Dean continues another busy week with a non-league road trip to UMass-Boston on Thursday evening.