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Pitt-Bradford Hangs On for 71-69 Win Over Lady Lions
1/25/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Pitt-Bradford fended off Penn State Altoona women's basketball for a 71-69 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference win on Saturday in the Adler Gym.
Madison Mossellem (Harrison City, PA/Penn Trafford) led the Lady Lions with 17 points and 10 rebounds, recording her fourth double-double of the season and the highest scoring total of her freshman campaign.
Moira Corrigan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) also notched a double-double, her sixth of the year, by scoring 11 points and securing 14 rebounds.
Courtney Becker (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) added 13 points and five rebounds, while Daiajane Greene (Englewood, NJ/Dwight Morrow) scored 12 points to go along with five assists.
Nicole Gripp (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) contributed 10 points and three assists.
Pitt-Bradford led throughout the entire first period, capitalizing on Penn State Altoona's inability to hit shots. Alicia Kimmel's 12 first half points led her team, and her jumper at 2:15 gave the Lady Panthers their largest lead of the period, 27-16.
The Lady Lions rallied to gain some ground just before halftime, going on a 9-0 run to make it a 27-25 game at the intermission. Two fastbreak scores by Greene, a three-pointer from Brittany Boslet (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle), and Corrigan's bucket in the paint put Penn State Altoona back into the game despite their offensive struggles.
Penn State Altoona hung around throughout the second half despite trailing. Greene connected on a three-pointer at 17:49 that cut Pitt-Bradford's lead to 33-30. Later, scores by Becker, Gripp, and Mossellem kept the Lady Lions within six points of the visitors' advantage.
Facing a 67-57 deficit with 1:20 to play, the Lady Lions made a late push to overtake Pitt-Bradford. Mossellem's layup and Greene's jumper made it a six point game with 44 seconds to go. After a pair of Pitt-Bradford foul shots, Boslet connected from three-point range at the 33 second mark to make it a five point difference, 69-64.
After another Lady Panther free throw, Mossellem converted on a four point play, hitting a three-pointer and making the ensuing foul shot to cut Pitt-Bradford's lead to 70-68 with eight seconds on the clock.
The teams traded foul shots in the final six seconds, and Penn State Altoona ran out of time to pull off a potential game-tying or game-winning shot.
The loss snaps the Lady Lions' winning streak of three games.
Penn State Altoona held advantages over the Lady Panthers in points in the paint (34-24), second chance points (19-12), fast break points (10-8), and bench points (11-6), but Pitt-Bradford better capitalized on turnovers by holding a 27-14 advantage in points off of turnovers -- including a 16-2 mark in the second half.
Photo (by Anna Kepner): Lady Lions' freshman forward Courtney Becker goes for a shot in the paint while being defended by Pitt-Bradford's Kaserra Owens during Saturday afternoon's game in the Adler Gym.