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Lady Lions Overcome Early Deficit, But Greensburg Prevails 76-70
12/11/2013 — GREENSBURG, Pa. - Penn State Altoona women's basketball battled back from a 19-point first half deficit, but it was not enough to defeat Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe Pitt-Greensburg on Wednesday night, as the Lady Bobcats came out on top 76-70.
Nicole Gripp (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) led Penn State Altoona in scoring with 17 points, adding three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Moira Corrigan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Madison Mossellum (Harrison City, PA/Penn Trafford) contributed 15 points and five rebounds for the Lady Lions.
Pitt-Greensburg came out strong in the first half, building a double digit lead less than three minutes into the game when Lindsey McKamish's three-pointer made it 14-4.
A layup by McKamish at 10:56 made it 26-7, and Emily Nelson's score at 9:22 kept the Lady Bobcats' lead at 19 points.
Penn State Altoona began to chip away at their deficit late in the first half. Gripp connected from three-point range at 3:02 to make it 38-26. Mossellum's layup at 1:49 cut Pitt-Greensburg's lead to 39-30, and Corrigan's three-point play just before halftime made it 39-34.
The Lady Lions scored the first five points of the second half, tying the game at 17:43 on Gripp's jump shot.
But Pitt-Greensburg jumped back ahead and clung to a modest lead for the next several minutes. Chianti Sivek's jumper at 13:55 built the home team's lead to 49-41. Sivek's layup and foul shot kept the differential at eight points by the 6:37 mark.
But again, the Lady Lions surged back, ripping off a 13-4 run. Corrigan put three points on the board at 4:55 with her layup and foul shot, and Mossellum made it a two point game, 63-61, with her bucket at 4:28. Gripp scored on a layup at 3:15 to bring her team to within one point of the Pitt-Greensburg lead, and Corrigan followed with a score to give Penn State Altoona its first lead of the game, 67-66.
However, Pitt-Greensburg outscored the Lady Lions 9-3 over the final three minutes of the game to hang on for the win.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman guard Nicole Gripp led her team with 17 points on Wednesday night at Pitt-Greensburg.