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Chatham's Big Second Half Sinks Lady Lions

Chatham's Big Second Half Sinks Lady Lions

1/3/2013 — PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State Altoona women's basketball trailed by just two points at halftime of Thursday night's game against Chatham University, but the Cougars pulled away in the second half to win 74-41.

Kylie O'Toole (Pittsburgh, PA/Penn Trafford) posted her first collegiate double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 rebounds for Penn State Altoona.

In their season debuts, Tiffany Seasoltz (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) and Tamara Thomas (Altoona, PA/Altoona) scored seven and six points, respectively.

Moira Corrigan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) had 11 rebounds for the Lady Lions.

Back-to-back jumpers by Thomas helped Penn State Altoona get out to a 6-3 lead just over four minutes into the game.

Chatham used a modest run to take the lead and hold it throughout the rest of the period. The Cougars led 25-19 at 2:59, but baskets by Allyson Hoffman (Camp Hill, PA/Camp Hill) and O'Toole helped the Lady Lions narrow their deficit to 27-25 by halftime.

Allison Edwards' (Williamsburg, PA/Williamsburg) three-point play at 19:05 of the second half tied the game at 28-28.

But Chatham erupted, reeling off a decisive 29-5 run to stake a 24 point lead by the 10:40 mark.

Chatham's Rachel McClain scored 34 points, including 21 during the second half when her team made 42.9% from the field.

Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman guard Kylie O'Toole recorded her first career double-double on Thursday night against Chatham.

TAGS: women's basketball