Fredericksburg, VA – Kaitlyn Carmo scored 13 points, Shanique Mattis sunk a key last-second free throw, and the Penn State Harrisburg Women's basketball team found a way to win their toughest road matchup of the season against Mary Washington. It was only the Eagles' second loss of the season.
Penn State Harrisburg 58 Mary Washington 57
Penn State Harrisburg Starters:
Mary Washington Starters:
Brianne Comden, Megan Green, Elizabeth Dofflemyer, Taylor Barton, Jordan Pamlanye
Penn State Harrisburg: 6-17 (4-12 CAC) Mary Washington: 21-2 (14-2 CAC)
How it Happened:
-It took a few minutes at the beginning of the game for Penn State Harrisburg to shake off the rust and get going on offense, allowing Mary Washington to quickly build a 7-0 lead out of the gate.
-But soon the Lions started to find their groove at both ends of the court, spurring a 13-2 run from the 4:09 mark in the first quarter through the 4:14 mark of the second quarter—almost 10 straight minutes in which Mary Washington could manage only two points.
-Both teams struggled offensively for long stretches over the first 20 minutes. Penn State Harrisburg went into halftime shooting only 28.6% from the field, while going 1-7 at the charity stripe. Mary Washington did not fare much better, also shooting only 28% from the field and doing slightly better from the stripe, connecting on five of their 12 attempts.
-The largest lead in the first half for the Lions came on a Carmo 3pt. basket with 2:51 to go before halftime, putting them up five, 22-17.
-Mary Washington scored the final four points to close the close Penn State's lead to 22-21 at the half.
-The second half was a highly competitive, well-balanced back-and-forth between both teams, resulting in six lead-changes and 12 ties from start to finish. No team ever led by more than five points.
-The contest was up in the air all the way until the final seconds. Penn State Harrisburg was provided opportunities in the final minute of the game to create some cushion, but missed three of their four free-throw attempts. The one that did sink, compliments of Mattis with only nine seconds left, would turn out to be the final point of the game and the difference.
-Carmo's 13 points to go with her 10 rebounds in the contest earned her a double-double. Mattis also pulled in 10 rebounds.
Penn State Harrisburg will return home this coming Wednesday, February 15th, to take on the Wesley Wolverines (9-13, 7-8 CAC). Tip-off is set for 6pm.