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Lady Lions Fall 82-63 in Home Opener vs. Saint Vincent
11/20/2013 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona women's basketball fell 82-63 to non-conference opponent Saint Vincent College on Wednesday night in the Adler Gym.
The Lady Lions' Devin Stessney (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) led all scorers with 16 points and also grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists.
Madison Mossellum (Harrison City, PA/Penn Trafford) scored 11 to go along with six boards, five assists, and three blocks.
Courtney Becker (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) added 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Saint Vincent led during the first half, but Penn State Altoona battled to keep it close throughout the period.
Fastbreak layups by the Lady Bearcats' Ally Schmidt and Jasmine Weems helped the visitors to a 9-5 advantage by 16:50.
But jump shots by Stessney and Nicole Gripp (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) helped Penn State Altoona tie the score 9-9 less than a minute later.
Becker's layup at 12:05 kept the score tied 13-13.
Saint Vincent grew its lead to nine by the 4:30 mark, helped by back-to-back three-pointers from Hannah Carroll.
Daijanae Greene's (Englewood, NJ/Dwight Morrow) trey at 1:50 pulled the Lady Lions to within five points, 36-31, but Saint Vincent's Taylor Mathers answered with a bucket 14 seconds later and the visitors led by seven at the intermission.
Penn State Altoona kept hanging around early in the second half. Stessney connected from three-point range at 17:54 to pull her team to within four points, 40-36, of the Lady Bearcats' advantage on the scoreboard.
Ashlee Darby and Schmidt converted fastbreak situations into points for Saint Vincent, extending their team's lead to 49-38 at 15:32.
Mossellum's layup and foul shots narrowed Penn State Altoona's deficit to five points, 49-44, by the 13:35 mark, and another three by Stessney made it 54-50 at 11:27.
But two quick buckets by Abby Stahl and a three-pointer from Elle Collins grew the visitors' lead back to 11 points by 9:48.
Three straight fastbreak layups by Saint Vincent increased their advantage to 74-60 with 4:33 to play, and the Lady Bearcats went on to lead by as many as 19.
While Penn State Altoona's field goal percentage (39.1%) was comparable to Saint Vincent's (41.1%), the Lady Lions committed 28 turnovers. They were outscored 24-10 in points off turnovers.
The Lady Bearcats also held a marked advantage in bench points, outscoring Penn State Altoona's bench 41-9.
Photo: Penn State Altoona's Madison Mossellum goes up for the opening tip of Wednesday night's game against Saint Vincent in the Adler Gym.