A 13-2 run over the final 1:39 powered Guilford to a 69-61 victory over Denison on Saturday afternoon at the Ragan-Brown Field House in Greensboro, North Carolina.
After trailing by six at the end of the first quarter, senior Kellie Arter opened the second with a triple to make it a one-possession game. The Quakers answered with an Amy Steller layup, but a 7-0 burst that was capped off by another Arter trey gave Denison a 23-21 edge with 6:18 left in the half.
Kate Clark and Steller answered with back-to-back layups to regain a two-point lead, while jumpers by Niyah Gonzalez and Sarah Youngs on consecutive possessions resulted in a 27-25 advantage for DU. After drawing a foul with 2:16 remaining in the period, Clark converted both attempts at the line to tie the game at 27-27. That was the score until the closing seconds when Anais Weatherly pulled down an offensive board off her own miss and converted the putback with 15 seconds on the clock.
Guilford led the entire third quarter, carrying a 46-40 lead into the final 10-minute stanza. Now trailing by nine with less than six minutes to play, Big Red freshman Lucy Bancone sparked an offensive charge that resulted in Denison's first lead of the half. Bancone opened the scoring with a layup at 5:57. Junior Jordan Holmes provided the next four tallies with a couple of free throws and a layup. Down three, Holmes forced a turnover, giving the ball back to DU. Arter took full advantage of the extra possession, draining the game-tying three-pointer. After both teams went almost two minutes without scoring, the DU senior hit another triple to give the Big Red a 59-56 lead with 2:45 to play.
Steller ended an almost five and a half minute scoreless stretch for Guilford with a pair of free throws. Weatherly turned the Quakers' one-point deficit into a two-point lead with a 3-pointer off an assist from Lauren Ramsey. On their next trip down the floor, Steller extended the lead to 64-59 following an old-fashioned three-point play. Guilford secured the win by going 5-for-6 at the charity stripe over the final 36 seconds.
Denison converted a better percentage from the field (42 percent), but the Quaker had 11 more points from the free throw line in 13 more attempts than the Big Red. Guilford got 21 points at the charity stripe, while DU had 10 tallies in 14 tries from the line.
Arter led the Big Red with 15 points after knocking down five three pointers in 33 minutes. Bancone came off the bench to score 13 points and grab three boards, while Holmes recorded another double-double with 11 points and 17 rebounds to go along with five blocks and three steals. Gonzalez finished with eight points and five rebounds.
Steller paced the Quakers with 21 points, while Weatherly was a steal shy of a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals. Ramsey also chipped in 12 points and four assists.
Denison (2-2) will close out the weekend on Sunday when they take on Lynchburg in Greensboro, N.C. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m.