Medaille edged the Pitt-Bradford women's basketball team, 91-87, Saturday in the semifinals of the AMCC tournament in Pittsburgh.
It was a back-and-forth affair between two of the league's top regular season teams. The game was either tied or the lead exchanged hands 30 times, as the Mavericks and Panthers spent the first 35 minutes trading baskets.
Pitt-Bradford led by five at the end of the first quarter, only to see the Mavericks take a one-point into the break at 39-38. The two teams were separated by just a basket entering the fourth quarter.
Anna Colebert's three-pointer at the 7:30 mark of the final quarter extended Pitt-Bradford's lead to 77-73. The Mavericks converted a pair of free throws on the next play, and three possessions later, Medaille went ahead for good on Lauren Jensen's only three of the game with 4:53 remaining.
The Mavericks would add to their lead, hitting 6-8 free throws over the next 90 seconds, to build an 84-77 advantage. Both teams battled foul trouble, as a total of 49 infractions were called and five different players fouled out.
Medaille would continue to protect its lead at the line over the final 3:09, and Pitt-Bradford would get no closer than the final difference of four points.
The Panthers hit three more threes compared to Medaille, but the Mavericks connected for seven more free throws. Pitt-Bradford shot 39 percent from the floor and outrebounded Medaille by 14. The Mavericks hit 45 percent of their attempts and scored 26 points off 19 Panther turnovers.
Ali Rinfrette totaled a game-high 30 points, including hitting six threes, and Brittany Watts added 14 points and seven rebounds. Stephanie Maciag added 10 points off the bench, and Darien Lantz had nine. Kaserra Owens collected a team-high nine rebounds, and Lantz recorded seven assists.
Pitt-Bradford finishes the season 16-11.