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D'Youville Overcomes Lady Lions in Second Half

D'Youville Overcomes Lady Lions in Second Half

1/12/2013 — BUFFALO, N.Y. - Penn State Altoona women's basketball held a lead in the second half of Saturday afternoon's game against D'Youville College, but the home team rallied and walked away from the College Center Gym with a 62-49 win.

Penn State Altoona had four players score in double figures.

Kylie O'Toole (Pittsburgh, PA/Penn Trafford) and Alidia Strouse (State College, PA/State College) tied for the team lead with 12 points each.

Tiffany Seasoltz (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) scored 11 points, and Tamara Thomas (Altoona, PA/Altoona) added 10 and nine rebounds.

The Lady Lions led throughout most of the first half. O'Toole's three-pointer at 19:02 was the game's first score. Later, Strouse made a layup at 17:11 to put her team up 5-4.

Two free throws by Thomas at 10:40 gave Penn State Altoona a 13-6 advantage.

Seasoltz connected from three-point range at 5:58 to put the Lady Lions up by five points, 18-13, but D'Youville closed out the half on an 11-5 run and held a 24-23 lead at the intermission.

But Penn State Altoona came out of the locker room and quickly reclaimed the lead when Thomas scored the first basket of the second half at 19:16.

A pair of three-pointers by Seasoltz at 16:28 and 12:35 helped the Lady Lions to a 37-33 advantage.

But the Lady Spartans rallied again, tying the game at 37-37 on Danette Laguerre's fastbreak layup at 11:14.

D'Youville's defense stepped up, allowing Penn State Altoona to score just 12 points over the final 12:35 of the game. In the mean time, the Lady Spartans scored 29 points in that span.

Bridget Andrews' jumper at 6:37 gave D'Youville its largest lead of the game, 52-42. The Lady Spartans continued to build their lead down the stretch, going ahead by as many as 15 points.

The Lady Lions were again hampered by turnovers, giving up the ball 25 times. The team was also outperformed under the basket, as D'Youville held a 26-8 advantage in points in the paint.

Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman guard Kylie O'Toole scored 12 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists on Saturday against D'Youville College.

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