February 16th, 2009
MIDDLETOWN, PA - Penn State Harrisburg women´s basketball team produced two outstanding performances by their seniors on senior night. SUNY Cobleskill came in the game on a 16 game winning streak, beating their last three opponents by a total score of 183-109. The Fighter Tigers still managed to pull out the victory with a late game jump shot from Gina Parillo with :16 remaining to seal the deal. This is the blue and white's third loss in a row putting them at 10-13 on the season with the Fighting Tigers increasing their win streak to 17 and a 17-4 record.
In their first match up, SUNY Cobleskill scored an amazing 42 points to Penn State Harrisburg´s 24 in the first half shooting 57.1 percent to the Lady Lions´ 34.6 percent. This matchup would prove to be quite the different for the blue and white shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from behind the arc and a percent 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. Despite their great first half the Lions still trailed by three, 34-31.
The second half featured two teams battling back and forth changing leads six times throughout the half. With 1:33 remaining, senior Sandra Adames (Pontiac Northern/Pontiac, MI) put the Lady Lions up by four and Lion´s looked posed for the upset win. After a timeout by the Fighting Tigers, Parillo hit a three point field goal to bring them within one. Following a missed three point attempt by Lady Lion, Amaris Gardner (Bayside/Virginia Beach, VA), Parillo came through again with another jump shot to put them up by one. The Lady Lions would get one last shot and with no hesitation from senior Krystal Miranda (Bound Brook/S. Bound Brook, NJ), who had already made four threes in the game, she took one last three point shot. The miss gave the Fighting Tigers the 62-59 victory.
Penn State Harrisburg was led by Adames with 21 points. She shot 8-for-12 from the field and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe. Adames also grabbed 12 boards and block two shots. Miranda went 6-for-13, 4-for-8 behind the arc, with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists. Freshman Dorothea Dixon (Middletown/Middletown, PA)chipped in with eight points, four rebounds, six assists and four steals. This is Dixon´s 13th game with 2 or more steals since she has been with the team.
SUNY Cobleskill was led by Sharee Daniels with 10 points, two rebounds, three assists and four steals. Heidi Anderson was able to come off the bench and score 10 points with five rebounds. Kaliegh Lussier helped out with nine points and six rebounds. Parillo finished with eight points.
The blue and white travel to Wilson College on Tuesday night to try and pick up some momentum before the playoffs. Tip time is set for 7:00 P.M.