The Carlow women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker, 39-38, to River States Conference opponent Ohio Christian, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Oakland Catholic.
Emma Stille (SO/Columbus, Ohio) earned her sixth double-double of the season, posting 13 points and 20 rebounds, with six blocks. Thanks to her effort on the boards, Carlow out-bounded the Trailblazers, 48-29.
However, the Celtics (2-9/0-6/2-1) struggled to come up with any additional offense in the contest. They shot 26.5 percent (13-of-49) from the field and 25 percent (4-of-16) from 3 and made 28 turnovers.
OCU (8-9/1-5) didn’t fare much better. The Trailblazers shot 26 percent from the field (13-of-50) and 20 percent from 3 (3-of-15) and made 18 turnovers.
Carlow led, 7-6, at the end of the first quarter and the Trailblazers had a 16-15 advantage at halftime. OCU took control, 31-22, by the end of the third quarter with a 15-6 run.
Carlow cut into the OCU lead in the fourth quarter. With the Celtics trailing, 33-30, Kayla Brownlee (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) hit a 3 to tie the game with 2:18 left.
On the Trailblazers’ next possession, Theresa Fachetti (JR/Harbor Creek, Pa.) made a steal and fast-break layup to give Carlow the lead, 35-33, for the first time since the first basket of the second half, with 1:56 to play.
After two free-throws by OCU’s Staci Dinsmore, another Brownlee 3 put Carlow back in control, 38-35. But two more OCU free-throws by Montrail Roberts quickly cut that lead to 38-37.
Carlow coach Tim Moore called a timeout with 34.1 seconds remaining but the Celtics turned the ball over with a shot clock violation.
Roberts, who led the Trailblazers with 13 points on the night, hit what would be the game-winning basket on the next possession.
Carlow had a final chance, but missed a layup at the buzzer to give OCU its first RSC win.
The Celtics next travel to (RV) Indiana University East (12-7/4-2) on Saturday, Jan.13.