The St. Francis Terriers trailed by nine points with 3:28 to play, but went on an 11-0 run that was capped off by a put-back with 11 seconds left by Leah Fechko to beat Fairleigh Dickinson 57-55 in New Jersey on Monday night.
“I’m proud of the fact that our team refused to give up tonight,” Terrier coach John Thurston said. “We stepped up and made big plays when we needed it, especially late in the contest with Leah and (Jessica Kaufman) providing that spark. We have to get back to playing with a little more aggressiveness, especially on the offensive end. Our initial defense has been solid but we need to be a little more aggressive on the offensive end.”
Fechko finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, Kaufman had 14 points and eight rebounds. Jaymee Veney and Eilidh Simpson each had nine points. This was only the second time all season Veney has failed to score at least 10 points. The last time was when she scored eight against St. John’s on Nov. 16.
The Terriers took an early lead in this game and led by seven points when Kaufman hit a jumper with 8:58 left in the first half. FDU went on a 12-2 run to take the lead late in the first and were ahead 34-25 heading into halftime.
FDU led by as much as 11 points and maintained its lead throughout the entire second half until Kaufman tied it with 56 seconds left. Jasmin Robinson missed a layup with 11 seconds left and that’s when Fechko grabbed the rebounds and put it back to win the game.
The Terriers improved to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play. They’re back in action on Saturday when they head to the Barclays Center to take on rival LIU Brooklyn. Follow @BkEagleSports on Twitter for live updates during that game.