CLARK, N.J. – Junior forward Michelle Bellino posted her second double-double in three games with 15 points and 11 blocks to lead Dayton to a come-from-behind 38-37 overtime victory over Johnson Tuesday in Clark.
Bellino also added eight rebounds, five steals and four assists in the win as the Bulldogs outscored Johnson, 5-4, in the extra stanza to notch the win.
Senior forward Caitlynn McTernan added 12 points, all on 3-pointers in the second half, with five rebounds and three assists for Dayton, which trailed 22-11 at halftime but responded with a 22-point second half, highlighted by a 9-3 fourth quarter to force overtime.
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Dayton (5-6) has won straight games since a three-game losing streak.
“Johnson was making it difficult for Sayre Brandstatter to get good looks, so Caitlynn (McTernan) and Michelle (Bellino) picked up the scoring slack in the second halfsaid Dayton Head Coach David Rennie. "Caity [McTernan] and Michelle [Bellino] scored all 13 of our points in the third quarter. Michelle went 7 for 8 from the free throw line, including 2 to late in the fourth quarter and two in overtime to give us the lead."
Rennie added, “Haeley Santos and Maggie Phillips played great defense and made big plays on offense when we needed them most. Maggie tied the game at 33-33 late in the fourth quarter with a fastbreak lay-up on a beautiful pass from Sayre (Brandstatter). Despite the defensive pressure, Sayre made some big plays on both ends of the floor late in the game.”
Sophomore Chelsea Kessock had a game-high 16 points and senior Bailey Rossenmeier added 11 for Johnson (5-5), which has dropped two straight and three of its last four games.
“One of the keys was our defense in the second half, holding Johnson to 11 points in the third and fourth quarters,” said Rennie. “We never gave up, despite being down 11 at halftime. We fought for rebounds on both ends of the floor and came up with some big turnovers. I was very happy with how we matched Johnson’s intensity and kept our composure down the stretch.”
Dayton looks to get back to the .500 mark as it visits Linden today with first tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The Bulldogs return to Mountain Avenue on Saturday morning, hosting rival Brearley at 11:30 a.m.