PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College women’s basketball team made just one free throw Sunday afternoon.
But it was a big one.
Ruth Paul hit the second of two from the line with 0.2 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Cougars (10-7) a 50-49 victory over SUNY Delhi.
“Defense helped save us again,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “We couldn’t buy a basket again at times. It was a tough game, and I was really proud of the girls after having to play a hard game the day before.”
Clinton appeared to be in trouble in overtime when Delhi held a 48-45 lead and the Cougars’ Katrina Garrand had fouled out.
“Alisha Ducatte hit a 2-pointer for us to bring it to 48-47,” Dixon said. “They hit one from the line with 55 seconds left to take a 49-47 lead before Ducatte scored on an offensive rebound with 35 seconds left.
“They then drove to the basket with 17 seconds left and Katelyn Gates took a charging foul. We then worked the clock down, got a good look and missed. Becka Horton kept the ball alive, Paul got control of it and was fouled. She missed the first free throw, but made the second.”
It was the first made free throw for the Cougars, who went 1-for-5 from the foul line. The Broncos, meanwhile, were 15-of-24.
Clinton held a 22-18 halftime lead, and the score was tied at 43-all at the end of regulation.
“We were down, 43-41, but they turned the ball over and Emily Decker tied it with 21 seconds left,” Dixon said. “We then ended up fouling them, but they missed both shots from the line. We had a chance to win it, but missed the shot.”
Ducatte paced the Cougars with 14 points, while Emily Decker played another strong game with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Gates finished with 12 points and nine boards, and Paul grabbed 11 rebounds.