ITHACA, N.Y. – Facing a one-point deficit with six seconds remaining, sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) corralled the offensive rebound on a missed 3-pointer and netted the game-winning lay-in, just beating the final buzzer, to lift the UNH women's basketball team past Cornell University, 63-62, Tuesday evening at Newman Arena.
The play was set up on the previous UNH possession, as junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner to give the Wildcats a 61-60 lead with 24 seconds left to play.
Cornell answered back after a timeout and took the late one-point lead on a jumper by senior Maka Anyanwu with six seconds remaining in regulation.
The Wildcats quickly traveled down the length of the court, setting up another Reed 3-pointer from the corner. Hogan was well-positioned under the net as she claimed the offensive rebound and flipped up the game-winning layup with one-tenth of a second left on the clock, sealing the victory as time expired.
With the win, the Wildcats move to 2-1 on the season, while the Big Red drop to 1-3 overall.
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led all players with 18 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, shooting 7 of 16 from the floor with three steals. Hogan chipped in with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting and 3-for-4 from long range, while Reed finished with nine points on three treys.
As a team, UNH shot 45 percent from the field and hit a season-high eight 3-pointers.
UNH jumped out to a quick lead on an early 3-pointer by Reed, but the home side responded with consecutive baskets to pull ahead, 5-3. After a Hogan jumper evened the score, the Big Red rattled off a 12-2 run for a 17-7 lead with 13:15 left in the first half.
After Cornell stretched its lead to 12 on the 3-point shooting of Shelby Lyman, the Wildcats also turned to the long ball and slowly chipped away at the Big Red advantage with a 13-7 run. Beliveau, Hogan and Reed all hit shots from beyond the arc to pull the visitors within six, 28-22, at the 8:45 mark.
The Big Red maintained a six-point lead for most of the frame until Hogan drilled a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to trim the home team's advantage to 37-34 at halftime.
The defenses clamped down to open up the second half, as a pair of Beliveau baskets marked the only scoring on both sides, giving the Wildcats a 38-37 lead at the 16:35 mark. Cornell would notch three points over the next 2:30 before Beliveau lifted the Wildcats to a 41-40 lead on a conventional three-point play with just over 14 minutes remaining.
Down by one at 48-47, senior Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) came up with a backcourt steal and hit Beliveau for the easy layup. Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) followed with a jumper on the next possession to give UNH a 50-47 lead at the 6:05 mark.
After several slim lead changes, and the score even at 58-58, Anyanwu scored down low with two seconds left on the shot clock for the two-point advantage with 1:36 to play.
Two possessions later, Reed knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer, setting up Hogan's eventual late-game heroics in the victory.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Nov. 27, when they visit Central Connecticut State at 2 p.m.