The Penn State Harrisburg Women's Basketball team played 32 minutes of solid basketball in their road contest against the Salisbury Seagull's. Unfortunately, two different four minute lapses was all the home team needed to pull out the 66-41 win.
The Seagull's used a 20-2 run over the first 4:11 of the game to set the tone early. After the initial onslaught by Salisbury, Harrisburg regrouped and was able to match the home team bucket for bucket. This was in part thanks to Kiara Carter (Bronx, N.Y. / Milton Hershey) who scored six of her seven points in the first half. As well as Jasmine Yanich (Harrisburg, Pa. / Susquehanna Township) who scored all five of her points in the first. By halftime the deficit remained the same 18 points it had been since the early run by Salisbury.
In the Second half, Harrisburg switched off again in the first four minutes ironically enough. The Seagull's 8-0 run in the first 3:39 of the second half was eerily similar to how the first half had started. To give the Lions credit, they then responded back and matched Salisbury for the rest of the entire game. Caitlyn Karmo (Palmyra, Pa. / Palmyra) came alive in the second, scoring all of her team leading 13 points in the final 20 minutes.
Junior guard Hannah Jorich (Middletown, Pa. / Middletown) led the team with six assists while Carter led the team with nine rebounds. Paulette Williams (Harrisburg, Pa. / Susquehanna Township) scored six by shooting 3-4 from the field, which was good enough to be the highest scorer coming off the bench.
If the young Harrisburg squad could have replaced the two-four minute lapses early in each half, today's game could have been a different story. Something that I am sure Harrisburg's head coach Ross Patrick will be quick to tell his team as they prepare for their next CAC game.
The Lions will get to return home next Wednesday January 29th when they will host nationally ranked and CAC leader York College. The Spartan's are currently 11th in the country as well as a perfect 17-0 this season.