Nov. 19, 2004
Princeton, N.J. -- Sophomore Katy Digovich scored a game-high 17 points and freshman Meagan Cowher tallied a double-double in her first-collegiate game as Princeton defeated Monmouth 57-52 in an overtime thriller at Jadwin Gym that opened the 2004-05 season. The Tigers gain a 1-0 start on the year, while the Hawks go a game under (0-1) on their season.
"(The game) was a gutsy win," said head coach Richard Barron. "We never quit. When we were down seven with a little over three minutes remaining we were relentless to keep trying."
In a tight game, Monmouth controlled the first seven points before leading 15-7, the largest lead in the game, at the 13:05 mark. Princeton then rallied a 13-3 comeback after freshman Ariel Rogers and sophomore Elyse Umeda added sparks with a pair of three pointers to close Monmouth's gap to 20-18.
Sophomore Shelly Slemp's basket with two seconds remaining in the half knotted the score at 22 and foreshadowed what was in store for the second half. The Tigers shot 33% in the first-half, while holding Monmouth to 30%.
The second half sea-sawed by two points for the first ten minutes until the Tigers found themselves behind 32-27 off a made jumper by Monmouth's Veronica Randolph. Junior Becky Brown brought the team within one, 32-31, after two good free throws and a lay-up.
Courtney Lumpkin converted on three field goals and extended the Hawks lead to seven, 42-35 with a little over four minutes to play. Princeton chipped away at the lead with made free throws from Brown and lay-ups by both Cowher and Digovich to tie the game at 42 with 1:07 on the clock.
A three by Lindsey Zegowitz put Monmouth back on top with 48 seconds left in regulation. A few missed free throws by the Hawks gave the Tigers the ball and junior Katy O'Brien nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer off an inbounds play that started with 2.1 seconds on the clock.
Digovich controlled the overtime period with five points and two rebounds en route of a 57-52 victory. O'Brien tallied four assists and only one turnover in the final 30 minutes of action, while Cowher recorded ten points and ten rebounds on the night.
"I feel like this team refused to lose tonight," said Cowher. "The game was close all night and we never let up. Our tenacity rallied us in overtime. It is exciting to get a win in my first collegiate game."
Niamh Dwyer scored a game-high 20 points and Lumpkin finished with 13 for Monmouth. Princeton was out rebounded 47-40.
Princeton travels to Lafayette on Tuesday, Nov. 23 for a 7 p.m. contest.
Sophomore Katy Digovich scored a team-high 17 points.