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Pitt-Greensburg Deals Lady Lions Tough 64-63 Overtime Loss

Pitt-Greensburg Deals Lady Lions Tough 64-63 Overtime Loss




2/6/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona women's basketball was handed a 64-63 overtime loss by Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe Pitt-Greensburg in a defensive battle on Thursday night in the Adler Gym.

The game had important postseason implications, as the Lady Lions entered the game trailing Pitt-Greensburg for the final AMCC playoff spot.

Courtney Becker (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) led all scorers with 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Moira Corrigan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) posted her eighth double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and securing 13 rebounds. She also blocked three shots.

Madison Mossellem (Harrison City, PA/Penn Trafford) added 13 points, nine rebounds, and four steals for Penn State Altoona.

Both teams' offenses were trapped in the freezer throughout the first half, as Penn State Altoona and Pitt-Greensburg combined to shoot just 14-for-63 from the field while committing a total of 24 turnovers.

Helped by two layups and a pair of free throws from Becker, the Lady Lions found themselves up 6-3 by the 17:23 mark. But after five scoreless minutes, Pitt-Greensburg tied the game 6-6 on a three-pointer by Kayla Dames.

A layup by Kylie O'Toole (Pittsburgh, PA/Penn Trafford) at 3:54 and two free throws made by Brittany Boslet (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) at 2:23 helped Penn State Altoona go ahead 17-15.

But the Lady Bobcats regrouped and ended the first half on an 11-0 run -- capped by Dames' three-point play with two seconds before the buzzer -- and headed into the locker room with a 26-17 lead.

Throughout the second half, the score was close, with both teams exchanging the lead. Penn State Altoona established a 49-44 advantage at 3:57 on Corrigan's layup, but Pitt-Greensburg fought back to lead 55-54 on Megan Hans' layup and foul shot at 1:23.

After a Becker free throw, another score from Hans gave the visitors a 57-55 lead with 53 seconds to play. But a foul sent Becker to the line with 27 seconds on the clock, and she converted both shots to knot the score at 57. A late defensive stand by Penn State Altoona forced overtime.

The Lady Lions took a lead less than a minute into the period on Becker's basket at 4:11, but Pitt-Greensburg got a three-pointer from Courtney DiBridge at 3:07 to jump ahead 60-59.

Later, back-to-back scores from Morgan Biddle and Dames gave the Lady Bobcats a 64-61 lead with 1:02 to play. Mossellem's layup at the 50 second mark narrowed the score to 64-63, but the Lady Lions were unable to come up with the go-ahead score in the closing seconds.

Photo (by Anna Kepner): Penn State Altoona freshman guard Brittany Boslet looks to pass inside to fellow freshman Devin Stessney during Thursday night's game against Pitt-Greensburg in the Adler Gym.

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