Penn State Harrisburg Advances to Pepsi Tip Off Tournament Championship

Penn State Harrisburg Advances to Pepsi Tip Off Tournament Championship

Selinsgrove, Pa.-Penn State Harrisburg clinched their first season victory in a nail-biting performance over Staten Island on Saturday night, Nov. 22. The Lady Lion's creative offense and aggressive defense helped them to defeat the Staten Island Dolphins in an exciting 65-59 win.

The entire contest was a fight to the end. The first half started off slow as both teams struggled to get shots off. It took two minutes for the Dolphins to bucket a 3 point shot. The Lions answered back with a lay-up by Janel Brown (Gaithersburg, Md./ Magruder). Then both teams were off to the races going shot for shot. The first half ended 29-28 with Penn State Harrisburg taking the one point advantage into the locker room. 

Kiara Carter (Bronx, N.Y. / Milton Hershey) was a power force with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Carter went 4-8 from the field and was 6-7 on the free throw line. Carter wasn't the only one dominating the foul line, Penn State Harrisburg Jasmine Yanich (Harrisburg, Pa. / Susquehanna Township) had a perfect game from the foul line making all of her six free throws. As a team Penn State Harrisburg controlled the game from the line; finishing 18-22 throughout the night. 

The second half started like the first, with both teams battling to take the lead. There was a drought period of 4 minutes where there was no score. Then Rachel Moyer (Carlisle, Pa. / Cumberland Valley) started the flame with a layup with 14:46 left in the contest. After that the Lady Lions were able to keep a lead for the remainder of the game, but the Lions had to fight until the very end. With only 40 seconds left in the game the Dolphins Victoria Crea made a three point shot to put the game within three points 57-54.  Fortunately, the contribution from both Carter and Yanich from the foul line sealed the victory for the Lions for their first win of the season 65-59.

Head Coach Ross Patrick was quoted following the match, "Great team effort win tonight and a breakout game of the season for Kiara Carter! We are looking forward to competing against a solid Susquehanna team tomorrow for the Pepsi challenge Championship".
Tomorrow night the Penn State Harrisburg Lady Lions will continue the Pepsi Tip of Tournament in the championship game against the tournament host Susquehanna Crusaders tipping off at 4pm.