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12/07/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2019 15:53

Widener Emerges With 90-85 Double Overtime Win At Alvernia

Reading, Pa. (Dec. 7, 2019) - Widener University (8-0, 2-0) outlasted Alvernia University (4-3, 0-2) by a 90-85 final in double overtime Saturday afternoon in MAC Commonwealth Women's Basketball action at Jack McCloskey Court.

Widener had a pair of players scored 30 points apiece and Alvernia had three players at 20 or better with scoring 25 and Abbie and scoring 20 each.

De Vito hit a 3 with 15 seconds left in regulation to force the first over, and she and Widener's Devan Rimmer both his 3s in the final minute of overtime to force a second extra period.

Alvernia freshman scored in the post for the first bucket of the second overtime, but Widener answered with back-to-back 3s from Rimmer and Jordan D'Ambrosio to take a lead it didn't relinquish. The Golden Wolves trimmed the deficit down to a point on three occasions in the final overtime, but couldn't retake the lead.

It's the second time this season De Vito has scored 20 or more in a game. She scored a career-high 29 points earlier this season at Penn State-Berks. The 20 point total is a new career high for both Zerbe sisters. Abbie's previous best was 19 at Stevenson last season, and Torie's best was 16 against Hood.

Widener led 14-3 early and held a 21-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Alvernia scored eight straight points at one stretch in the second quarter to pull within four points and settled for a 35-31 deficit at halftime.

The Alvernia run continued with a 3 from to start the third quarter and the Wolves ran off a 16-5 spurt in the third for a 47-40 lead.

Alvernia settled for a four point lead after the third and the fourth quarter included seven lead changes before De Vito's 3 that tied it late.

Alvernia is off for finals week and will return to action next Saturday at Messiah.

Widener 90, Alvernia 85 (2 OT)