DELHI, N.Y. (November 12, 2018) – Facing a five-point deficit with three minutes to play, the SUNY Delhi women's basketball team rallied against Morrisville State to pit the game to a 69-69 tie in the final seconds. With a 30-point game already under her belt, Samiaya Salley drilled the game-winning basket on a floating jumper with 0.9 seconds to give Delhi the 71-69 win in their home opener Monday night. Head coach Courtney Hoyt earned her first career win as the team improved to 1-1 on the season.
A 3-pointer by Alexis Campbell gave the Mustangs a 64-59 two-possession lead with 3:01 to go in the game. Salley got the Broncos back in the game, rebounding a missed layup on Delhi's ensuing possession and drilling a three to cut the lead to two. After a missed three by Morrisville, Camryn McDonald gathered the rebound and proceeded to give the team a 65-64 lead on an and-one layup with 2:07 left. The Mustangs scored the next basket, followed by converting one of two free throws to hold a 67-65 lead before Diana Echols tied the game with a layup with 35 ticks remaining. Kiera Holland then scored on a breakaway layup with 18 seconds left, then Mustang Charlotte Walker tied the game again at 69-69 with eight seconds to go. This set the stage for a Broncos final possession, in which Salley ran down the right lane, throwing up a baseline floater that capped off Delhi's successful home opener.
The game was evenly-matched, featured seven ties and 12 lead changes, with five lead changes occurring in the fourth quarter. Both sides featured two scorers in double-digits, including Salley and Echols finishing with double-doubles. Salley had 33 points with 13 rebounds, while Echols charted ten points with 14 boards. Fueled by both players' fierce play in the paint, the Broncos held a 58-40 lead in rebounds, as well as a 24-5 lead in second-chance points. The visiting side had two 20-point scorers in Alexis Campbell (25 pts.) and double-double recipient Charlotte Walker (20 pts., 10 pts.).
Delhi shot 37.0 percent on the night (30-for-81), going 7-for-23 behind the arc, while the Mustangs fared 39.1 percent (27-for-69) and 9-for-26, respectively. Holland finished with eight points and rebounds, while McDonald posted eight point with six rebounds. Sam Acuna netted seven points with four boards, as Katelyn Lewis pulled down seven rebounds.
The Broncos will take their winning spirit on the road this Thursday, when they travel to face Green Mountain at 5:30 p.m.
Check out the highlights from Delhi's late rally with three minutes to play!