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Olivia Savage and Albion are the first team other than Calvin to beat Hope during the MIAA regular season in four-plus seasons.
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Albion upset No. 6 Hope 83-77 in overtime on Wednesday night, pulling the Flying Dutch back to a group of teams in MIAA title hunt that now includes the Britons.

After Albion led for much of regulation, Hope appeared to be on the verge of picking up another MIAA victory on the road. Tyra Smith's layup with eight minutes left in regulation keyed an 8-0 run that put the Flying Dutch in front by six. Albion got even on an Emily Bernas layup followed by a Brittany Leutz three-pointer, only to see Hope regain the lead on a pair of free throws. Albion's Oreyana Curry hit a jump shot with 10 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

The Britons opened the extra period on a 6-0 run started by Emily Zdoga's three pointer off the overtime tip. Hope pulled within one with three minutes left in overtime, but Bernas hit another three to push the lead to four and the Britons made enough free throws down the stretch to seal the upset. Bernas finished with 25 points and six assists for Albion. Francesca Buchanan scored 24 with six rebounds for Hope, which went 3-for-24 from three. Box score

The loss is Hope's first to an MIAA opponent other than Calvin during the regular season since Albion beat the Flying Dutch in January 2012. Hope (17-2, 9-1 MIAA) drops into a first place tie with Trine, which clobbered St. Mary's (Ind.), 103-42. Calvin sits a game back after its 62-52 win over Alma and Albion sits two back with games against Trine and Calvin remaining.

No. 8 Ohio Northern edged Wilmington 62-61 in overtime to take a three-game lead on the Quakers in the OAC standings. Amy Bullimore scored a layup for Ohio Northern with four seconds left in regulation to give the Polar Bears new life and Britt Lauck hit a jumper with three seconds left in overtime to give them the win. Bullimore posted 15 points and 14 rebounds for Ohio Northern (17-0, 10-0 OAC) which swept the season series from Wilmington (12-6, 8-3).

Salisbury battled No. 6 Christopher Newport to the end in Newport News before falling to the Captains, 61-58. After Bryce Paige tipped in a missed shot to get Salisbury within two with 1:26 left, Sam Porter immediately answered with a layup to restore Christopher Newport's four-point lead. Josephine Noonan scored a layup for the Sea Gulls off a missed shot but the Captains ran down the remaining time, grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed three and made a free throw to put the game out of reach. The even-keeled Captains maintain their one-game lead in the CAC.

No. 19 Gustavus Adolphus rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit and then held off Concordia-Moorhead 61-59 for its 18th consecutive win. Mikayla Miller, who was featured in this week's Around the West column, scored 24 points for the Gusties who outrebounded the Cobbers 42-23. Box score

Taylor Schmidt's jump shot with three seconds left rescued No. 15 UW-Oshkosh as the Titans scraped by UW-La Crosse, 51-49. No. 17 UW-Whitewater was not as fortunate, as the Pointers knocked off the Warhawks 70-57. Autumn Hennes had 17 points and nine rebounds for Stevens Point. No. 2 Amherst handled arch rival Williams 67-43 in the Little 3 rivalry game that does not count in the NESCAC standings.

Outside the Top 25, MIT rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit and defeated Babson 78-74 in double overtime to move into a tie for first in the NEWMAC. Taylor V'Dovec scored 17 of her 29 points in the pivotal third quarter in which the Engineers outscored the Beavers 26-13. Because of the NEWMAC's unbalanced schedule, this is the only meeting between the two teams during the regular season.

Mount St. Vincent finished a tumultuous day on a high note. A few hours after the College dismissed Athletic Director and women's head coach Laura Pruitt, the Dolphins blitzed St. Joseph's (L.I.), 78-45. The College also dismissed men's head coach Brian Nigro and his top assistant resigned.