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Pace Women Lose Heartbreaker to Owls in Semifinals

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace’s women’s basketball team will more than likely be in the NCAA Division II Tournament, but their quest for a Northeast-10 Championship has ended.

The Setters fell to the Southern Connecticut State University Owls, 48-47, in the semifinals in a heartbreaking loss in New Haven. The Owls moved on to the NE-10 Championship game.

Pace’s Kerri White capped an 8-2 run with a jump shot that gave the Setters a 47-46 lead with 3:10 remaining in the second half. Neither team scored until the Owls’ Moni Smith-Ocran scored with 22 seconds left to give Southern Connecticut State a one-point lead.

The Setters could not get a shot off in the final moments.

White finished with 18 points, five rebounds and three steals for Pace. Brittany Shields had 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Owls led, 26-15, with about six minutes to go in the first half. Pace ended the half on a 9-0 run behind White’s two three-pointers and a trifecta from Allison Cleary. Southern Connecticut State led, 26-24, at the half.

Pace pulled ahead on its first possession of the second half and the teams battled for the second 20 minutes. White’s fourth three-pointer of the game at the 13:27 mark gave Pace a 38-35 lead, but the Owls rallied to claim a 44-39 lead with 7:57 to play.

The Setters then went on their 8-2 run to set up the final sequence.

From a report by Pace University Athletics/John M. Tagliaferri

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