Thomas Johnson tops Liberty in OT

February 11, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Debbie Dove hit four clutch free throws in overtime as Thomas Johnson made seven of eight from the line and blanked host Liberty in the extra period to score a 50-40 victory in a Central Maryland Conference game last night.

Thomas Johnson, which broke a five-game losing streak, held Liberty scoreless in the final 7:06 and hit its only shot -- a three-pointer -- from the field.

"You have to hit your free throws," said Thomas Johnson coach Chris Krivos. "We practice them every day."

Patricia Mangan (11 points) gave Thomas Johnson (7-12, 3-7) a 43-40 lead by hitting a three-pointer 39 seconds into the overtime.

After Amy Wolff (14 points) missed a three-pointer for Liberty and Natalie Hannibal missed a follow shot, Dove made two free throws. Following another Liberty miss, Karin Treese added two free throws with 1:31 left. Dove hit two more 26 seconds later for a 49-40 lead.

While Thomas Johnson hit 16 of 23 from the line, the Lions (7-10, 1-7) never found the range at the line. They made only seven of 19 overall.

Liberty missed five of six in the fourth quarter, including two by Wolff with the score tied and only 43 seconds left.

Liberty's shooting from the floor was even worse than from the line. The Lions hit only 16 of 68 (24 percent) from the field.

The Lions made only one basket in the final 10 minutes of the game. A follow-up by Dani Fostik (17 points) with 4:06 left in the fourth quarter was the final Liberty basket -- and the final Lions points.

The Lions missed 18 of their final 19 shots, including eight in overtime.

Despite the shooting problems, Liberty led much of the way, and appeared to have the game under control early in the fourth quarter. Wolff sank a jumper to give the Lions a 37-31 lead with 6:34 left.

Thomas Johnson fought back, however. Mangan converted a turnover into a layup, and Andrea Tavernia made two free throws to make it 37-35 with 6:02 to go.

Fostik added a free throw, and Patricia Higbee sliced the lead to 38-37 with a jumper. The Fostik put-back made it 40-37 with 4:06 left.

Treese made one free throw 54 seconds later, and Dove hit two to tie the game with 2:24 left. Neither team scored in the rest of regulation.

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