PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. — The No. 10 Merrimack women’s basketball team overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat No. 7 Pace on the road 75-70 in overtime in the first round of the Northeast-10 tournament last night.
Allison Wagner sealed the game in the victory in overtime with three free throws, then drawing a charge in the final 15 seconds.
The win gives the Warriors an 11-win improvement over last year and moves them on to the Northeast-10 quarterfinals to take on No. 2 Stonehill tomorrow at 3 p.m.
The marked the first playoff victory for head coach Monique LeBlanc.
The Warriors trailed by 13 heading into the final five minutes of the game, before going on a 17-4 run to send the game into overtime. The Warriors trailed by two with the ball and under 20 seconds to play when Chloe Rothman drilled a game-tying jumper with four seconds to play in regulation.
The overtime period opened up with Rothman converting on a layup but the Setters fought back to take the three point advantage with 1:20 to play. Wagner came out of the timeout and drilled a game-tying three pointer with a minute to play. Wagner then converted on three of four free throws to take the lead and then drew a charge to give Rothman two more freebies to give the Warriors the 75-70 win.
Rothman finished with 13 points.