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Women's Basketball Bested 83-63 by Medaille
2/8/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona women's basketball suffered an 83-63 loss to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe Medaille College on Saturday afternoon in the Adler Gym.
Courtney Becker (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) led the Lady Lions in scoring with 16 points while grabbing five rebounds.
Nicole Gripp (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) added 12 points and three rebounds, while Devin Stessney (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) scored 11 to go along with seven boards.
Penn State Altoona jumped out to an 8-0 lead by the 18:09 mark, getting three-pointers from Brittany Boslet (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) and Madison Mossellem (Harrison City, PA/Penn Trafford) and a layup by Moira Corrigan (Havertown, PA/Haverford).
But a 23-2 run by Medaille quickly erased their deficit. Joelle Pollak's three-pointer at 14:31 put the visitors ahead 12-10. The senior's hot shooting from the outside continued, helping the Lady Mavericks increase their lead. She connected from three-point range again at 12:47, then hit a jumper at 11:15 to put her team up 21-10. Janae Hamilton's layup at 9:41 made it 23-10.
Back-to-back threes from Taina Graham and Pollak just before halftime put Medaille ahead 41-25 by the intermission.
The Lady Mavericks continued to grow their lead in the second half. Another trey by Pollak preceded Danielle Reinwald's layup at 16:22 that gave her team a 52-30 advantage.
Penn State Altoona responded with a 12-0 run to close the gap to 10 points. Three-pointers from Boslet and Stessney helped narrow the score, and Stessney's two-point jumper at 12:39 made it 52-42.
But Medaille would not give up any more ground, upping its lead in the closing minutes of the game to seal the victory.
Next up for the women's basketball team is a game at nearby AMCC rival Mount Aloysius College this Wednesday, February 12 at 8:00 PM.
Photo (by Anna Kepner): Penn State Altoona freshman forward Courtney Becker dribbles along the perimeter during Saturday's game against Medaille in the Adler Gym.