December 2, 2004
Southamptons Hoops Season begins with Heart Ache
Lady Colonials dealt two final second losses
Pekka Paavonpera (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Southampton, NY The hoops season has begun in heart breaking fashion for Southampton Colleges Lady Colonials.
On Tuesday night the team saw a gallant comeback against Dowling College come to an abrupt end with only three seconds left on the clock.
Trailing 39-32 going into the second half, the outsized Lady Colonials fought back to even the score at 45 a piece with ten minutes remaining, thanks to freshman Danielle Castelli sucking a three point play from the Dowling defense.
The two sides traded basket for basket more furiously than a hot commodity on Wall Street until a Dowling foul allowed Junior Amber Gooden to put Southampton in front 66-64 on free throws with .13 seconds remaining. But, it was not to be for the Lady Colonials as Dowling's Laura Mullally hit a desperation three pointer with three seconds remaining to give Dowling the win 67-66.
Sophomore Sophie Hofferberth led the Lady Colonials with a career-high 23 points and five rebounds. Castelli finished the game with 13 points including a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line.
Dowling improved to 1-3, 1-0 NYCAC, while Southampton fell to 0-2, 0-1 NYCAC, having three days earlier suffered a 86-83 over time loss to Bryant University.
In that game things were looking good for Southampton as they went into the second half with what at that stage looked like a commanding ten point lead. But with 10:37 remaining, Bryant with a workman like performance chipping away at the lead, hit the front staying there until with only .02 seconds left, Southamptons Sophie Hofferberth found senior Kiley Lapointe under the basket, sending the game into overtime.
Bryant held a razors edge advantage throughout the extra frame, despite two big threes from Hooferberth, who nearly tied it again from down town on the buzzer. Getz finished the game for Southampton with career-highs in points and rebounds - 28 and 12 - while Hofferberth collected 13 points.