HAMBURG, N.Y. -- The Hilbert Hawks used a strong fourth quarter to battle back and eventually defeat the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford women's basketball team in overtime, 85-79, Wednesday in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contest.
The result of the matchup featuring two teams in the upper echelon of the AMCC improved Hilbert to 6-1 in AMCC action while the Panthers drop to 4-3 in conference play. Both teams trail La Roche which sits at 7-1 atop the AMCC.
Shaelyn Snipes finished with a career-high 26 points shooting 6-14 from long range.
All six of the Panthers' three-pointers came from Snipes, and her six three's made surpasses her own record of five from earlier this season as a team single-game high.
Jennifer Isenberg contributed 18 points for the Panthers.
Pitt-Bradford held control in the first half, holding a 17-13 advantage after the first quarter and later a 37-27 lead at halftime.
Snipes erupted for 15 points in the opening half to lead the Panthers.
Pitt-Bradford picked up right where it left off with a strong first few minutes on the third quarter.
But Hilbert began to battle back, and a bucket beating the buzzer to close out the third cut the Panthers' lead to single digits, 51-42, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Hawks put together their strongest offensive quarter of the contest, scoring 25 points and holding the Panthers to 16.
A 12-5 Hilbert run to open the quarter tied the game at 56-56 with 5:53 to go.
The two teams were neck-and-neck the rest of the way and a pair of free throws from Isenberg on the Panthers' last possession tied the game at 67-67 with 24 seconds left.
A shot at the buzzer from the Hawks went off the mark and the two teams went into overtime.
Hilbert controlled much of the offense in overtime, as a three-pointer on its first possession set the tone.
The Hawks would eventually go onto complete the win.
The Pitt-Bradford defense forced 16 Hawks turnovers and turned it over just 12 times itself.
Jenna Hicks and Snipes tied for the team lead with eight rebounds apiece.
Pitt-Bradford will be in action next on Saturday as it travels to first-place La Roche.