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Lady Lions Plagued by Turnovers in 75-69 Loss at Pitt-Bradford
12/14/2013 — BRADFORD, Pa. - Turnovers were the Achilles' heel of the Penn State Altoona women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon, as the Lady Lions lost 75-69 to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe Pitt-Bradford in the KOA Arena.
The Lady Lions committed 28 turnovers to Pitt-Bradford's nine in the six-point loss.
Moira Corrigan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) posted her second consecutive double-double for Penn State Altoona, scoring 14 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. She also blocked three shots.
Madison Mossellum (Harrison City, PA/Penn Trafford) led the Lady Lions in scoring with 15 points and dished out a team-high three assists.
Courtney Becker (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) added 11 points and six rebounds.
Penn State Altoona kept pace with Pitt-Bradford for most of the first half, which proved to be a back-and-forth period of basketball with seven lead changes.
Daijanae Greene (Englewood, NJ/Dwight Morrow) connected from three-point range at 6:01 to tie the game 26-26, but the Lady Panthers reeled off a 13-4 run to end the half and lead 39-30 by the intermission.
But Penn State Altoona opened the second half with a 12-2 run, grabbing a 42-41 at 14:26 on Nicole Gripp's (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) fastbreak jumper.
Scores by Corrigan and Mossellum helped the Lady Lions increase their lead to five points, 50-45, by the 9:30 mark.
But Pitt-Bradford tied the game shortly thereafter, then proceeded to go up by as many as 11 points in the closing seconds.
Penn State Altoona's turnovers offset a strong shooting performance, as the Lady Lions hit 57.4% of their shots from the field. Defensively, they limited Pitt-Bradford to a 30.4% field goal percentage -- including holding the Lady Panthers to only nine field goals in the second half.
Photo: Penn State Altoona junior forward Moira Corrigan recorded her second straight double-double for the Lady Lions on Saturday.