RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 9) – Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) is 2-0 for the first time in eight years after nipping Kutztown University 68-67 in the CIAA/PSAC Women’s Basketball Challenge in Lincoln University, Pa., on Saturday.
The last time the Lady Falcons started this fast was the 2011-12 season when they won their first three games. Clutch free throws by Kaaliya Williams (Sr./Richmond, VA) keyed their second win in two days in the CIAA/PSAC Challenge at Rivero Hall.
Williams made 1 of 2 free throws with 13 seconds left in the fourth period to send the contest into overtime. In the extra session, the Lady Falcons were 5 of 5 from the charity stripe, including two Williams’ free throws with 21 seconds left for a 68-67 lead. After a timeout, the Golden Bears missed a jumper and the Lady Falcons grabbed the rebound as time expired.
The victory capped a successful comeback by the Lady Falcons, who trailed 18-4 after the first period. The Lady Falcons made their move in the second period, outscoring the Golden Bears 22-11 behind 11 points from Quiera Gilmore (Jr./Charlotte, NC).
Gilmore, who pumped in a game-high 18 points and added nine steals, scored a jumper to give the Lady Falcons their first lead at 33-32 in the third period. Her two free throws pushed the Lady Falcons’ lead to six early in the fourth quarter, but SAU trailed by one with 13 seconds left before Williams’ free throw tied the score at the end of regulation. Led by six points from Angela Caraballo (Sr./Richmond, VA) and four points from Williams, the Lady Falcons outscored the Golden Bears 10-9 in the extra five minutes.
Williams added 16 points and Caraballo scored 10 points for the Lady Falcons, who scored 30 points off 34 Kutztown turnovers. Tanisha Wall (Sr./Franklinton, NC) and Shankia Clark (Sr./Orlando, FL) contributed seven and six points, respectively, for the Lady Falcons, who outscored Kutztown in bench points 24-18.
Rylee Derr led Kutztown with 16 points and Casey Remolde added 12 points. Annie Whalen tallied 10 points.
The Lady Falcons return to the court Wednesday, Nov. 13, against the University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, N.C. Game time is 5:30 p.m
-Office of Sports Information