Women's Basketball Falls In Tourney Title Game

Women's Basketball Falls In Tourney Title Game

Mary Baldwin 80, Penn State Harrisburg 64


Harrisburg Starters

Mattis, Miller, Amey, Butler, and Hamby


Mary Baldwin Starters

Blackburn, Saygili, Anders, Calhoun, and Mallon


How It Happened

After hanging tough for three quarters of play, Penn State Harrisburg ran out of gas in an 80-64 loss to Mary Baldwin in the championship game of the program's 2018 Pride. Spirit. Honor. Tournament at the Capital Union Building on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 25.


Trailing by as many as 12 points early in the second half, the Lions (4-2) cut the deficit to a more-manageable five with 2:29 left to play in the third quarter following Briana Davis' second 3-pointer in as many trips down the floor.


The Fighting Squirrels (6-1) responded by scoring the game's next six points, putting pressure on the Blue & White heading into the final 10 minutes. The visitors put things out of reach for good when they opened the fourth quarter with 10 consecutive points, pushing their advantage to 18 with 3:59 remaining.


The Lions fell behind 12-5 to begin the game before ramping things up and drawing even at 19-19 when Kendis Butler buried a jumper from beyond the arc off a Laurel Amey assist at the 6:18 mark of the second quarter.


Momentum began shifting late in the first half when Harrisburg's early shooting prowess began to fade a bit, allowing the Squirrels to slowly and steadily build a double-digit lead before holding a 33-25 advantage heading into the break.


Stat of the Game

26-2 – The disparity between the number of free throws taken by Mary Baldwin and Penn State Harrisburg. The Fighting Squirrels finished 19-of-26 from the charity stripe, while Laurel Amey went 2-for-2 from the line for the Blue & White.


Inside the Numbers

- The Lions struggled from the field, shooting just 34.8 percent (23-of-66), while Mary Baldwin shot a stellar 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from the floor.

- The Blue & White managed just 31.4 percent shooting (16-for-51) from beyond the arc, while the Fighting Squirrels finished 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from 3-point territory.

- The visitors won the battle on the glass 42-28.

- The Lions assisted on 20 of their 23 made field goals.

- Mary Baldwin's starters scored all but four of the team's points, while the Blue & White bench accounted for 12 points.

- The Squirrels racked up 34 points in the paint.

- Shanique Mattis poured in a game-high 25 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.

- Kendis Butler was the second Lion to reach the double-digit scoring mark with 17 points.

- Briana Davis finished with nine points, three rebounds and two steals off the bench.

- Laurel Amey and Rachel Miller each added five tallies.

- Abrianna Hamby chipped in with six boards, while Anna Mahan swiped three steals.

- Four Mary Baldwin players reached the double-digit scoring mark, with Demet Saygili's 22 points leading the way.


All-Tournament Team

Tournament MVP – Mary Baldwin's Brooke Anders

Mary Baldwin – Demet Saygili

Penn State Harrisburg – Shanique Mattis

Penn State Harrisburg – Anna Mahan

Notre Dame (Md.) – Justine Mudiay

York (N.Y.) – Mac-Dege Dessources


Who's Next?

The Lions travel to take on Eastern on Tuesday night, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.


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