Penn State Harrisburg 74, Penn College 63
Galbreath, Amey, Butler, Hemler, Mahan
Penn College Starters
Klock, Wolfe, Albert, Kuhns, Dyer
How It Happened
Penn State Harrisburg completed the season sweep of North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Penn College, winning 74-63 at the Capital Union Building on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 1.
Jayla Galbreath got the Lions (9-9, 7-2) offense started, coming up with an offensive rebound and putting it back for the first points of the game. Anna Mahan would extend the advantage, knocking down a deep 3-pointer. After a 4-0 Penn College run, Laurel Amey connected on her first 3-pointer of the game. Moments later, Galbreath knocked down a 3-pointer to give Harrisburg a 12-7 lead. The Wildcats (4-13, 1-8) would close the quarter on a 6-0 run and take a one-point advantage into the second quarter.
Amey opened the second quarter scoring with a layup that gave the Lions the lead. After a layup by Mahan, Amey drilled her second 3-pointer of the day. Sydney Hemler extended Harrisburg's advantage with a layup off a great pass from Amey. Kayla Cade knocked a 3-pointer and moments later Kendis Butler came away with a steal and found Paige Kubalack for an easy layup as the Lions began to take control of the game. Galbreath connected on another 3-ball and gave Harrisburg a 16-point advantage heading into the half.
Penn College made a push to begin the second half, pulling back to within 11 points. Galbreath would finish a layup to get the Lions offense started in the second half. Amey came away with a steal and score to put Harrisburg back ahead by 15 points. Then, Mahan and Amey hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the Blue & White ahead 47-29. Mahan knocked down one final 3-pointer and the Lions held a 15-point advantage entering the final quarter.
Galbreath continued her strong outing by converting a layup to start the scoring in the quarter. Butler would follow with a 3-pointer to give the Lions a 12-point advantage. Galbreath added another 3-pointer but the Wildcats would rally, pulling within three points with under three minutes remaining behind 32 points from Lydia Albert. Butler halted the run by connecting on a deep 3-pointer to give the Lions a six-point lead. With her second 3-pointer of the game, Butler became the school's career leader in 3-pointers made. Galbreath added a pair of free throws, giving Harrisburg an eight-point lead before Butler converted clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the 74-63 victory.
Inside the Numbers
- The Lions were led by Jayla Galbreath who scored a career-high 22 points
- Laurel Amey had a strong outing, netting 15 points and pulling down eight rebounds
- Kendis Butler came through for the Lions in the fourth quarter, as she scored all 12 of her points in the final 10 minutes
- Penn College won the rebounding battle, holding a 43-39 advantage
- Anna Mahan reached double figures, scoring 11 points and knocking down three 3-pointers
- Lydia Albert led the Wildcats with 32 points, converting 11-12 free throws
Sophomore Kendis Butler became Penn State Harrisburg's career leader in three-pointers made, drilling her 130th career triple in the fourth quarter. Butler passed previous record-holder Miranda Zeanchock's career mark.
The Lions will be on the road at NEAC foe Lancaster Bible on Wednesday night, Feb. 5.