February 21, 2008
Middletown, PA — The Lady Lions of Penn State Harrisburg used a strong second half performance and great play off the bench to win a thrilling game against Wilson College, 61-54, Wednesday night at the Capital Union Building. With this North Eastern Athletic Conference victory it improves Penn State Harrisburg's record to 2-13 in the NEAC and 4-19 overall. The loss drops The Phoenix of Wilson College to 0-15 in the NEAC and 0-23 overall.
For most of the first half Wilson College controlled the play and their tough defense caused the Lady Lions to struggle to bring their game together. The proof was seen in holding the Lady Lions to just 17 points and 23% shooting in the first half. Despite finding points hard to come by the ladies of Penn State Harrisburg didn't get down and played great defense as well. This helped them stay in the game during the first half and eventually overtake Wilson College in the second half. The Blue and White made a late run in the first half to close the gap to just 24-17 by scoring the final four points.
The late run, it helped the Lady Lions start off very strong in the second half. They built off of their 4 unanswered baskets to end the first half and went on a 7-0 start for the second half. Krystal Miranda's (Bound Brook, NJ/Bound Brook) three pointer tied the game at 24 to cap off the 11-0 run with 17:50 left in regulation. The rest of the second half was back and forth with neither team jumping to anything more then a three or four point lead. Both teams made clutch baskets and sunk foul shots that either tied the game or gave their team the lead. Penn State Harrisburg had a two point lead late in the game with Sarah Engelsman making both her foul shots it tied the game at 48-48, and that is where the scoring ended in regulation.
The Lady Lions dominated the overtime period outscoring Wilson College 13-6. The Phoenix actually scored the first two points of the extra session, but Sandra Adames' (Pontiac, MI/Pontiac Northern) three point play with just under four minutes quickly gave Penn State Harrisburg the lead back. After Dana Bennett's turn around jumper Wilson College took the lead again, it was Katie Hollinger's (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) three pointer on the following possession that finally finished The Phoenix off.
The Lady Lions were led in scoring by Miranda with her 17 points. Close behind was Adames who had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Also, it's key to note that Penn State Harrisburg outscored Wilson College 17-0 off the bench, and a lot of that was thanks to Brooke Conjar's Steelton, PA/Steel High) 10 points, all of which came in the second half and overtime. Wilson College was led by Alaina Hofer's 18 points and 12 rebounds. Dana Bennett had 14 points and 10 rebounds also for Wilson College.
Penn State Harrisburg's final game of the 2007-2008 season is this Sunday against D'Youville at the Capital Union Building at 1pm.