MOUNT PLEASANT, Mi. - Central Michigan's Presley Hudson hit a driving layup at the overtime buzzer to lift the Chippewas past the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team, 73-71, Friday evening at McGuirk Arena.
Ahead by 12 with just under four minutes to play, the Hawks (2-6) saw their lead erased as Hudson knocked down a three-pointer with 2.0 seconds to go to tie the game at 63 all.
In the overtime session, Central Michigan (7-3) clung to a 70-69 lead with 19 seconds to play and Amani Corley at the foul line. After missing the first shot, Corley's second shot bounced off the rim into the corner as SJU's Chelsea Woods reached for the rebound, while being pursued by the Chippewas' Reyna Frost. Inexplicably, the far-side referee blew the whistle as Woods gathered the ball, and after meeting, the referees gave the ball on the alternate possession back to Central Michigan.
Fouled off the inbound, Frost would make one of two free throws to push the lead to 71-69.
Out of a timeout, the Hawks' Chelsea Woods was fouled on a layup and went to the foul line. Woods, who would have put her team ahead by one, made both free throws to tie the game at 71 apiece.
Presley would come through though for CMU in the final moments though, driving down the left side through traffic and hitting a floater off glass as the buzzer sounded to hand the Chippewas the game.
Saint Joseph's got a career-high 20 points from sophomore Alyssa Monaghan, while junior Adashia Franklyn matched her career-high with 18 points. As a team, SJU went 26-of-63 from the floor (41.3 percent), 8-of-19 from three-point range (42.1 percent) and 11-of-16 from the foul (68.8 percent).
At the other end, Hudson led four Chippewas in double figures with 20 points as CMU went 26-of-62 from the field (41.9 percent), 7-of-17 from behind the arc (41.2 percent) and went 14-of-21 from the foul line.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday when they host NJIT at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Woods reached double-digits in scoring for the eight straight game, finishing with 12 points...Sophomore Sarah Veilleux added eight points and five rebounds...Senior Mackenzie Rule finished with six points, three assists and three rebounds...Senior Jaryn Garner added five points and four assists...Senior Amanda Fioravanti scored two points and had two assists.