Kristin Aquila's steal, layup help Division beat Lawrence
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After Lawrence erased a five-point deficit to tie the score at 55, Kristin Aquila had an opportunity to give Division a two-point lead at the foul line. She made the first but missed her second attempt.
Undaunted, Aquila came up with a big steal with 15 seconds left and took the ball to the basket for a layup as Division earned a season-opening 58-55 win Monday night.
"This is a good starting point," Division coach Steve Kissane said. "When you win close games like this early in the season, it'll help you later on in the year."
After Aquila made her first free throw, Lawrence called a timeout in an attempt to ice her. Her second attempt rimmed out. But that's when Aquila came up with the play of the game.
"She's very athletic," Kissane said. "She was able to make a play."
Aquila led the way with 12 points and six steals. Taylor Calabrese also scored 12 points and Tiffany Rodriguez had 11. Laura Stuart added eight points and 11 rebounds.
"I think we can do better than we did today," Kissane said. "We struggled in the beginning but made up for it with better shooting in the fourth."
Division led 55-50 with a little more than a minute left, but Lawrence tied it on a three-point play by Sarah Watson-Westmoreland and a jumper by Nicole Robinson.
Robinson had 20 points and Kaela Kinder added 19 for Lawrence (1-2).