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Lady Lions Drop AMCC Contest at La Roche 92-50

Lady Lions Drop AMCC Contest at La Roche 92-50


2/11/2017 — PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State Altoona women's basketball was handed a 92-50 loss by Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent La Roche College on Saturday afternoon in the Kerr Fitness Center.

The Lady Lions (6-14, 6-10 AMCC) kept it close for most of the first half, but first place La Roche (19-4, 16-0) pulled away midway through the second quarter to kept their AMCC record perfect.

"La Roche did their job. With the exception of the first quarter, we struggled all around. Our success in the first came when we played a slower pace and limited their transition opportunities," said Penn State Altoona head coach Casey Shoup. "We played hard but came up short, and that's going to happen. We've got to let this one go, because we have two big games coming up that we need to prepare for. Congratulations to the five seniors from La Roche, and we wish them well in their future endeavors."

Finnley Christine (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) led Penn State Altoona in scoring with 11 points. Megan Wheeler (Lilly, PA/Penn Cambria) added 10 points, four rebounds, and two blocks.

Kaley Strittmatter (Ashville, PA/Penn Cambria) scored eight points to go along with four rebounds. Shannon Zimmerman (Pine Grove, PA/Pine Grove) also scored eight points while posting team-highs with five rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and three steals.

Brittany Boslet (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) became the Penn State Altoona women's basketball program's all-time leading three-point shooter, when her three-pointer at the 2:47 mark of the first quarter gave her 176 career threes to pass former Lady Lion Kristen Toomey's total of 175.

La Roche got double-doubles from TiChina Mitchell, who scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Sabrina McLin, who put up 24 points and secured 11 boards. Mackenzie O'Donnell added 17 points.

The Lady Lions kept their deficit to single digits throughout the first quarter. Two three-pointers by Christine kept La Roche's lead at two points, 12-10, by 3:21. Boslet's record-setting trey at 2:47 put Penn State Altoona up briefly 13-12, before La Roche reeled off nine points to retake the lead. Nicole Gripp's (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) jumper with two seconds left in the quarter made it 21-15.

Early in the second quarter, Penn State Altoona continued to hang around. Zimmerman's free throw and Wheeler's layup made it a three-point game, 21-18, by 9:21. After free throws from McLin and Danasha Harris, along with a fastbreak score from Mitchell, Christine hit a jump shot at 6:38 to get Penn State Altoona to within seven points, 27-20.

But La Roche's offense exploded on a 17-4 run over the remainder of the quarter, giving the Lady Redhawks a 44-24 halftime lead. The home team went on to post a 25-12 advantage in the third quarter and a 23-14 advantage in the fourth to win by 42.

Penn State Altoona women's basketball returns home this Wednesday, February 15 for an important AMCC game against Pitt-Bradford. That night marks the Lady Lions' final home game of the season, and it is also the team's annual Pink Zone night that supports the fight against breast cancer. Tipoff for that game is set for 5:00 p.m.

Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman Finnley Christine led the Lady Lions in scoring on Saturday at La Roche College with 11 points.

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