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Lady Lions Suffer 81-74 Loss to Pitt-Bradford

Lady Lions Suffer 81-74 Loss to Pitt-Bradford



2/15/2017 — ALTOONA, Pa. - In its final home game of the 2016-2017 season, the Penn State Altoona women's basketball team lost 81-74 to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Bradford in the Adler Gym.

The Lady Lions (6-15, 6-11 AMCC) led for much of the game before the visitors made a late run to surge ahead and escape with the win. The loss, coupled with other results from around the conference tonight, eliminates the women's basketball team from AMCC postseason contention.

Megan Wheeler (Lilly, PA/Penn Cambria) led Penn State Altoona in scoring with 16 points while grabbing four rebounds and blocking three shots. Paige Burk (Claysburg, PA/Claysburg-Kimmel) added 15 points while leading the team in rebounds with nine and in steals with five. Shannon Zimmerman (Pine Grove, PA/Pine Grove) also scored 15 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds.

Brittany Boslet (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) led the Lady Lions in assists with six while contributing eight points and six rebounds. Nicole Gripp (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) also scored eight points while grabbing three boards and dishing out three assists.

Pitt-Bradford (15-9, 12-5 AMCC) was led by Ali Rinfrette, who put up 29 points while grabbing nine boards. Brittany Watts finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Down 17-10 late in the first quarter, the Lady Lions used a 9-2 run to tie the score before the end of the period. Wheeler's jumper preceded Zimmerman's fastbreak layup and ensuing foul shot at the 1:38 mark that cut Pitt-Bradford's lead to four. Zimmerman and Boslet added scores to the game 19-19 with 32 seconds left.

In the second quarter, Penn State Altoona again found itself trailing, this time 31-26 with 4:37 left until halftime. But baskets from Kaley Strittmatter (Ashville, PA/Penn Cambria) and Gripp cut the home team's deficit to one, and two Zimmerman free throws gave Penn State Altoona a 32-31 lead at 3:14. Wheeler's layup at 2:03 kept the score tied 35-35, and Burk connected from three-point range at 1:28 to give her team a 38-35 advantage. Gripp's three-pointer with 54 seconds on the clock helped Penn State Altoona to a 41-38 halftime lead.

The Lady Lions grew their lead to seven midway through the third quarter on Wheeler's jump shot at 5:11 that made it 49-42. Strittmatter's layup at the four-minute mark kept her team up by six, 51-45.

But Pitt-Bradford ended the quarter on a 12-5 run to grab a one-point lead before the fourth. Rinfrette's layup at 1:01 tied the score 53-53, and two buckets from Watts within a 27-second span put the Lady Panthers ahead 57-56.

Gripp's layup and two jumpers from Zimmerman helped Penn State Altoona tied the score 62-62 at 8:31 of the fourth quarter. Strittmatter's transition layup at 7:40 kept things knotted up, 64-64. But Pitt-Bradford used a 9-1 run to go up 73-65 by the 3:55 mark, capped by Rinfrette's fastbreak layup.

A three-pointer from Burk and two jump shots from Wheeler made it a one-point game, 73-72, with 1:42 to play. But Pitt-Bradford outscored Penn State Altoona 9-2 for the remainder of the game to secure the victory.

Lady Lions basketball closes its schedule out this Saturday, February 18 on the road, when the team travels to take on AMCC opponent Penn State Behrend for a 1:00 p.m. game in Erie.

Photo: Penn State Altoona Brittany Boslet moves the ball upcourt during the Lady Lions' loss to Pitt-Bradford on Wednesday night in the Adler Gym.

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