BURLINGTON — Karson Swogger hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game with 33 seconds left in double overtime Sunday, pushing Saint Francis ahead for good during a 71-66 women’s college basketball victory over Vermont in non-conference action.
“We have to want to play defense,” UVM coach Alisa Kresge said. “And until we fully commit ourselves on the defensive end for an entire game, we are going to be on the wrong side of every outcome. This is a process and it’s going to take time.”
Hanna Crymble and Emma Utterback led the Catamounts during an even first quarter. Crymble had seven points, including a 3-pointer. Utterback added six early points, making a buzzer-beating jumper to tie the game at 13 at the end of the opening frame.
Vermont opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run to briefly take control. Sarah Wells and Rose Caverly nailed 3-pointers to give UVM a 23-13 lead, prompting the Red Flash to call a timeout with 6:02 left in the half. The Catamounts carried a six-point edge into the break.
The Red Flash hit three consecutive three-pointers during the third quarter on their way to building a 35-32 advantage. Utterback added seven more points to help Vermont reclaim the lead. She dropped in a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the third quarter to give her team a spark.
During the fourth quarter, neither team was able to pull ahead by more than three points. Josie Larkins pushed the Catamounts ahead by three points with 1:49 on the clock, only to have Swogger answer with a shot from behind the arc with 52 seconds left. With one second left, Utterback’s game-winning attempt was just short. And for the second time in three games, UVM headed for overtime.
The Catamounts defense tightened in overtime, forcing consecutive shot clock violations to open the extra session. Delaney Richason hit Vermont’s only field goal in the first overtime session, but that was answered 20 seconds later by SFU’s Jada Dapaa. Both teams had an opportunity for a game-winner in the final minute but could not convert.
Crymble gave the Catamounts a 69-67 lead with 58 seconds left in the second overtime period. Swogger answered with a 3-pointer on the next possession to push the Red Flash in front. Crymble created a good look at a mid-range jumper on the ensuing possession, but it missed and Phee Allen grabbed the rebound for SFU. Allen hit two free throws to seal the victory.
The final outcome marked the sixth time in program history that a UVM game has been decided in the second overtime. Vermont is now 3-3 in those contests. The Catamounts have only played one triple-overtime contest in program history, earning an 82-77 win over Dartmouth in 2008.
Crymble finished with a game-high 28 points and moved into ninth place all-time at Vermont with 1,398 points. She passed 1992 graduate Missy Kelsen, who finished her career with 1,377 points. Crymble needs 37 more points to pass 1993 grad Jen Niebling for eighth place.
The Red Flash improve to 2-5, while the Catamounts fell to 2-6. Vermont hosts Norwich at 7 p.m. Wednesday.