Middletown, PA – The Penn State Harrisburg women's basketball team hosted the Wesley Wolverines on Wednesday February 18th at the Capital Union Building (CUB). The Lions were already out of the playoff race, but with the Wolverines needing a win to stay in contention, both teams had plenty to play for.
The first half started out in favor of the home team as the Lions were shooting well from the tip. Harrisburg stayed on top and led by as much as six before the Wolverines were able to find some rhythm and went ahead 19-18 with 8:40 to go in the half. The Lions responded by finishing the half strong enough to take a four point advantage going into the locker rooms.
Harrisburg continued to stay in control for the first five minutes of the second half, but eventually the Lions lack of awareness defensively combined with Wesley's speed off the dribble turned into easy layups for the visitors. This helped the Wolverines to go on a 15-0 run over a five minute span to take a 48-39 point lead with 10:20 to go.
Kiara Carter (Bronx, NY. / Milton Hershey) hit two of her 16 points on the night to bring the Lions back within four points, but unfortunately that was as close as the Lions would get. Wesley slowly killed off the clock and the game as they extended their lead and were able to go home with a 62-53 win.
Carter led the team with a very impressive 16 points and 15 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the year. Freshman Christine Mabry (Gaithersburg, Md. / Gaithersburg) came off the bench to go 2-4 from deep for six points in her 12 minutes on the floor.
The Lions will finish their season on Saturday February 21st against the Christopher Newport Captains which is also Harrisburg's senior day game.