Senior Scores Game-Winning Basket With 2.2 Seconds Left to Cap 21-Point Effort
KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Senior guard Jacinda Jones (Concord H.S./Claymont, Del.) scored the game-winning basket with 2.2 seconds left in regulation as Goldey-Beacom College (3-0) overcame a late deficit to earn its third consecutive win, a 67-66 non-conference victory over Kutztown University (0-1) in the Bears’ season opener at Kutztown Arena on Monday evening.
Jones, who scored a season-high 21 points in the victory, capped a game-ending 8-0 run for the Lightning when she scored on a short jumper from the left baseline to give the Lightning a one-point advantage.
Despite calling back-to-back timeouts, the Bears were unable to answer in the closing seconds as the Lightning earned their third straight come-from-behind victory.
After falling behind by 33-29 at the intermission, the Bears took a 39-35 lead in the opening 5:19 of the second half by scoring 10 of the first 12 points. Junior guard Alyssa Bonenberger (Northampton H.S./Walnutport, Pa.) led the Bears by scoring 8 of her team-high 16 points during the run.
But, the Lightning answered with a five-point run of their own to claim a 40-39 advantage with 14:00 left on a Jones free throw. After the Bears used back-to-back baskets to regain a three-point edge, the Lightning followed by scoring four straight points for a 44-43 lead with 11:42 remaining.
Led by sophomore guard Aly York (Daniel Boone H.S./Douglassville, Pa.), the Bears tallied 10 of the next 16 points to regain a three-point cushion with 7:27 remaining. York scored six of the Bears’ 10 points during the spurt.
However, Goldey-Beacom had an answer to the run by scoring seven consecutive points, including a three-point basket by Jones, to take its largest lead of the half at 57-53 with 6:02 remaining.
A pair of three-point field goals from senior guard Ashley Wood (Spring-Ford H.S./Limerick, Pa.) gave the Bears a two-point advantage with 5:13 left before senior forward Akilah Sewell (Baltimore City College H.S./Baltimore, Md.) tied the game on a lay-up with 4:50 remaining.
Led by a three-point field goal from York, the Bears took a 66-59 lead by scoring the next seven points over a span of 2 minutes, 19 seconds to set up the Lightning’s game-winning heroics.
Jones scored 10 of her 21 points in the first half as the Lightning bolted out to a four-point lead. After battling to a 4-4 tie in the first three minutes, Goldey-Beacom gained a 7-4 advantage on a Jones three-point basket that it did not relinquish. The Lightning shot 35.7 per cent from the field in the first half while connecting on 11 of 16 free throws.
While leading the Lightning to the victory, Jones made 6 of 18 shots from the floor and was a perfect five-for-five from the free throw line. She also added six rebounds and a steal in the victory.
Meanwhile, senior guard Devonne Richardson (Milford Mill Academy/Baltimore, Md.) became the seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 career points when she scored the Lightning’s first basket of the game on a lay-up with 17:48 remaining in the first half.
The reigning Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, Richardson finished with nine points while adding a team-high eight rebounds and six assists.
Bonenberger made 7 of 13 field goal attempts and grabbed a team-high six rebounds to lead the Bears in a losing effort while Wood added 10 points with five assists.
The Lightning held a 44-36 advantage in rebounds and had a 16-6 edge in second chance points.
Off to a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2001-02 season, the Lightning will continue their season-opening road trip on Friday evening when they face Stonehill College in the opening round of the Stonehill Tip-Off Classic at 7:30 p.m.