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Lady Lions Earn Second AMCC Win, Beating Franciscan 67-60
1/8/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Five players finished in double digit scoring figures for the Penn State Altoona women's basketball team on Wednesday night, as it beat Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Franciscan University 67-60 in the Adler Gym to pick up its second conference victory of the season.
Madison Mossellum (Harrison City, PA/Penn Trafford) posted her second straight double-double, leading Penn State Altoona with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Moira Corrigan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She also blocked three shots.
Devin Stessney (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) added 13 points and six rebounds for the Lady Lions, while Courtney Becker (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) scored 12 points and Nicole Gripp (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) finished with 10 points.
Kylie O'Toole (Pittsburgh, PA/Penn Trafford) blocked a personal season-high four shots for Penn State Altoona, which tallied nine blocks as a team.
The Lady Lions nursed a single digit lead for most of the first half, but the team began to expand it shortly before halftime. Stessney's fastbreak layup at 3:44 gave Penn State Altoona its largest lead to that point, 28-18. Corrigan's layup with 31 seconds left in the period made it 30-20.
Corrigan opened the second half with layups in each of her team's first two offensive possessions, and Gripp connected from three-point range at 17:49 to make it 37-24. Scores by Becker kept her team's lead at 12 points, 41-29, by the 15:08 mark.
Franciscan tightened the score, going on a 13-4 run to close the gap to three points. Dani Link's three-pointer at 9:30 cut the Lady Lions' lead to 45-42.
But Penn State Altoona bounced back to regain control of the game. Stessney hit a three-pointer at 7:52 to make it an eight point game, and she hit from three-point land again at the 5:00 mark to increase her team's lead to 57-45.
The Lady Barons narrowed the deficit to three points again at 1:43, when Iliana Gonzales hit a jumper to make it 58-55.
But Mossellum followed with a three-point play, making a layup and foul shot to help her team bounce back. The Lady Lions made six free throws in the final 53 seconds to seal the win.
Photo (by Anna Kepner): Penn State Altoona freshman guard Nicole Gripp looks over the defense during Wednesday night's game against Franciscan University in the Adler Gym.