Late technical derails New Haven comeback against Assumption

Tyler Wells, Managing Editor

The New Haven women’s basketball team suffered a 58-48 setback against Assumption College on Saturday, marking the team’s fifth straight loss.

New Haven came out strong in the first quarter, jumping out to an 18-15 lead with baskets from junior forward Aurora Deshaies. Three pointers from junior guard Kameryn King and sophomore guard Gabrielle Stickle also paced the Chargers’ scoring attack.

The Greyhounds bounced back in the second quarter, outscoring New Haven by 12 and taking a nine-point lead into the half. At the break, Deshaies led all scorers with 12 points on an efficient 5-7 shooting from the field.

The second half opened with the Greyhounds looking to build a larger lead. They reached a game-high 15-point advantage before a short jumper from Deshaies and a layup from senior guard Camryn DeBose cut the lead to 11. After an Assumption basket, a three from DeBose capped the scoring in the quarter, keeping the deficit at 11 heading into the fourth.

New Haven began chipping away in the final period, as two baskets from Deshaies and a free throw from junior forward Alyssa Stevenson cut the lead to six. With just over two minutes left in the game, New Haven was down by five before a technical foul was called on graduate guard Luzdali Ocasio.

Ocasio was blindsided and dropped to the floor after getting screened outside the three-point line. She appeared frustrated and seemed to yell at one of her teammates. The ref, however, thought it was directed towards him and gave Ocascio a technical foul. After making her case and sparking a conference among the referees, the call was overturned. The original ref then decided to reverse the call again, awarding the Greyhounds with two free throw attempts and the ball.

Instead of a five-point game with the ball, the Chargers now faced a seven-point deficit on defense. This would prove to be too much, as New Haven was held scoreless in the remaining minutes.

With the loss, New Haven falls 5-10 (0-9 NE-10) and remains in search of their first conference victory of the season. Assumption improves to 6-8 (3-6 NE-10) and will next host Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday.

The Chargers were supposed to return to Charger Gymnasium on Tuesday against Southern New Hampshire University, but the game has been postponed. They will now play Saturday as they make a trip to New Hampshire for a matchup against Franklin Pierce University. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. and can be watched on NE-10 Now. More information on the game can be found at NewHavenChargers.com.