New Haven, Conn. – Both Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn.) and Rah Rah Thompson (Bridgeport, Conn.) logged double-doubles to propel the Albertus Magnus College women's basketball team to a 73-65 victory over Endicott College on Sunday afternoon.
FINAL: Albertus Magnus 73 | Endicott College 65
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (4-2) | Endicott College (2-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Endicott and Albertus battled through two ties over the first three minutes of play before the Gulls found themselves up five, 10-5, following a deep three from Kaleigh Putnam with 3:11 on the clock.
The Falcons broke their scoreless drought at the 2:05 minute mark on a jumper from Andreah Orr (Danbury, Conn.), but the hosts trailed 12-9 at the end of one quarter.
Albertus came out of the short break with the hot hand as the Falcons held a six-point lead, 20-14, following an 11-2 run sparked by a layup from Thompson. Endicott was unable to stop the Falcons from taking its largest lead of the half with 10, 27-17, with less than two minutes remaining.
Despite cutting the deficit to six, 27-21, with 42 seconds left in the half, Endicott headed into the locker room down eight, 29-21.
Emily St. Thomas got Endicott's offense going in the third quarter as the freshman's layup sparked a 14-4 Gulls' run that evened the score at 35-35. A back-and-forth opening saw seven lead changes that had Albertus ahead by one, 48-47, at the midway point of the second half.
The margin grew to five, 55-50, in favor of the Gulls, with 7:22 remaining in regulation and the Falcons found themselves playing catch-up once again. This time around Kyah Nowlin (Stamford, Conn.) took over for the blue-and-white. The rookie scored five of the Falcons' next seven points evening the score at 57-57 at the 5:29 mark of the fourth. The hosts then built a nine-point lead, 68-59, with over the next three minutes to take hold of the contest.
A three-pointer from Emily Pratt brought the visitors to within six, 68-62, but the Falcons proved to be too much for the Gulls, 73-65.
Albertus Magnus - 33.8% FG | 38.5% 3PT | 74.1% FT
Endicott - 34.8% FG | 50.0% 3PT | 53.3% FT
Shyla Osmond - 20 points (6-32 FG, 1-4 3PT, 7-12 FT) |12 rebounds | 7 assists | 5 steals
Rah Rah Thompson - 17 points (6-15 FG, 5-6 FT) | 18 rebounds | 3 assists | 1 block
Andreah Orr - 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 FT) | 6 rebounds | 3 blocks
Cassie Couture (Waterbury, Conn.) - 11 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3PT, 1-1 FT) | 2 Assists | 1 rebound | 1 steal
Emily Pratt - 19 points (6-19 FG, 4-11 3PT, 3-9 FT) | 13 rebounds | 2 assists
Emily St. Thomas - 11 points (5-5 FG, 1-1 3PT) | 1 steal
Mikaela Rogers - 8 points (4-17 FG) | 8 rebounds | 3 assists | 3 steals
• After dropping the first two games of the year, Albertus has won four in a row.
• The Falcons recorded a season-best nine steals this afternoon.
• Albertus attempted a season-best 27 free throws today, making 20 of them.
• Osmond and Thompson have logged double-doubles in back-to-back games.
• Thompson's 18 rebounds are a new career-high.
• Osmond has tallied four-plus steals in three games this season.
The women's basketball team returns to action on Wed. Dec. 4 with a home non-conference game against Westfield State. Tip-off is set for 7 PM in New Haven, Conn.