NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament Second Round
GARRITY LEADS CLARK PAST BATES, 63-59, IN NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND
LEWISTON, Maine Ð Senior forward Marissa Garrity (Clinton, Mass.) hit a 3 point field goal with 19 seconds remaining in the game, breaking a 58-58 tie that pushed the visiting Clark University Cougars (21-8) past the host Bates College Bobcats (21-4) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament.
The Bobcats had a chance to tie the game on the next possession when junior forward Kate McLaughlin (Laconia, N.H.) was fouled behind the arc, but McLaughlin only hit one of her free throws. Clark first-year Chivon Markland (Milton, Mass.) grabbed one of her game-high 13 rebounds on the last foul shot and got the ball to senior guard Nicole Dias (Plymouth, Mass.), who calmly hit a pair of free throws that sealed the final margin at 63-59.
After trailing for much of the first stanza, Bates led by as many as seven points in the second after a four-point possession put the Bobcats up 48-41 at the 9:15 mark. McLaughlin grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and was fouled on the ensuing put-back. Garrity stopped Bates' momentum, however, with another big 3-pointer.
In all, the game featured 11 ties and six lead changes.
"This was one of the best games I have coached in during my 16 years of coaching," said Clark head coach Pat Glispin, whose Cougars will face Southern Maine in the third round. "Both teams gave a sensational effort."
Garrity led all scorers with 30 points on 13-of-37 shooting, including 19 points on eight-of-20 shooting in the second half. She was the only Clark player in double figures. For Bates, McLaughlin had 18 points, while senior Emily King (Lebanon, N.H.) registered a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. She ends her career with 816 rebounds, tops in Bates history.
The Cougars enjoyed a 54-37 rebounding advantage, including 21-9 on the offensive glass. the win was Clark's 10th in a row, while snapping Bates' nine-game streak and spoiling their 12-0 record in Alumni Gymnasium.