The University of Vermont women's basketball team trailed by one when Delaney Richason received the inbounds pass with 9.5 seconds left in regulation.
And the junior forward rose to the occasion.
Richason took a few hard dribbles to the left before laying the winning shot high off the glass to secure the 52-51 nonconference win over Long Island University on Friday night at Patrick Gym.
The Catamounts (3-4) led by as many as 20 in the first half, but a strong push by the Sharks (0-8) in the third quarter led to a competitive final 10 minutes of regulation. Despite equalizing three times in the final quarter, the Sharks only took their first lead with 3:44 remaining the game.
Delaney Richason (@delaneyrichason) throws up the high layup off of the glass for Vermont to take the lead over Long Island (LIU) 52-51 with 5.1 seconds left and eventually give them the win pic.twitter.com/2FdHt7cbTV
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Anna Olson's (game-high 17 points) three-point play gave the Catamounts the lead back just 20 seconds later, but the Sharks' Emaia O'Brien's layup stole the advantage back. Enter Richason — on the block — with the winning basket. The forward finished with seven points for the Catamounts.
Josie Larkins, who fed Richason on the game-winning inbounds p ass, tallied 12 points and three assists in the win for the Cats.
Kiara Bell (14 points) and Erykah Russell (12) paced LIU.
The Catamounts will be back in Patrick Gym on Sunday against Loyola Chicago and Wednesday (Dec. 8) against Dartmouth.
Cory Babichuk's OT goal lifted the University of Vermont men's hockey team over Maine 1-0 on Friday night.
Robbie Stucker skated right before dropping the puck for Babichuk in front of the net and the sophomore buried it on the one timer.
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The Catamounts (3-9-1) had a slight lead in total shots, but were behind in power play opportunities and saves.
Gabe Carriere tallied 23 saves and Victor Ostman denied 24 for the Black Bears (1-11-2).
The Catamounts will be back in action on Saturday night against Maine.
The University of Vermont women's hockey fell 5-2 against New Hampshire on Friday night in Durham.
Theresa Schafzahl's power play goal gave the Catamounts (7-7-2) a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Wildcats (6-8-2) would add on two goals in the second in third periods to secure the win.
Schafzahl scored again for the Cats in the second period.
Jessie McPherson denied 18 shots for the Catamounts and Ava Boutilier had 25 for the Wildcats.
Maude Poulin-Labelle had two assists to give her 63 career points, the most by a UVM defensemen in program history.
The Catamounts face the Wildcats again on Saturday night.
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This article originally appeared on Burlington Free Press: UVM women's basketball wins in final seconds over Long Island