Second-Half Surge Pushes Women's Hoops Past Penn College

Second-Half Surge Pushes Women's Hoops Past Penn College

Penn State Harrisburg 73, Penn College 69


Harrisburg Starters

Gordon, Amey, Butler, Kubalak, Mahan


Penn College Starters

Shoff, Wolfe, Albert, Ilgen, Kuhns


How It Happened

Penn State Harrisburg used a strong fourth-quarter push to pick up a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) 73-69 road victory over South Division foe Penn College on Wednesday night, Jan. 15.


The Lions (5-8, 3-1 NEAC) got off to a good start, taking a 4-0 lead behind layups from Sidney Gordon and Anna Mahan. Penn College (3-7, 1-3 NEAC) scored seven straight points to take their first lead of the game. Harrisburg would battle back with a layup from Jayla Galbreath tying the game at nine. The Wildcats would close the quarter on a 9-4 run to hold a 17-13 advantage heading to the second quarter.


Kendis Butler got the Lions' offense started in the second quarter, draining her first 3-pointer of the game. The Lions would chip away at the deficit when Laurel Amey came away with a steal and finished the layup in transition. On Harrisburg's next offensive position, Butler would knock down her second 3-pointer of the quarter, pulling the Blue & White back within a point, 23-22. Penn College's Madison Klock answered back with a 3-pointer of her own, part of her team-high 17 points. The Lions would respond with back-to-back layups from Butler and Amey giving the visitors a one-point lead. The teams would trade the lead several times in the final minutes of the quarter, with Penn College holding a 36-33 lead going into the half.


Amey opened scoring in the third quarter hitting a layup off a steal by Butler. Madison Hemler hit a jump shot and drew a foul, giving the Blue & White their first lead of the half. The teams would trade the lead again, with a 3-pointer from Mahan giving Harrisburg a two-point advantage. Mahan was the game's leading scorer, recording 19 points and 12 rebounds. Penn College would respond, going on an 11-2 run to hold a seven-point lead with 1:33 remaining in the third quarter. As they did all night, the Lions battled back, using layups from Mahan and Kayla Cade to close the quarter on a 6-0 run and pull back within a single point.


Cade opened the fourth quarter by finishing a layup to give Harrisburg a 52-51 lead. Penn College answered back with four straight points to recapture the lead. Gordon connect on a 3-pointer to tie the game at 55. Trailing by one, Amey gathered a rebound and made a layup to retake the lead. Butler hit her third 3-pointer of the game, giving Penn State Harrisburg a four-point advantage. Using some clutch free-throw shooting, the Lions built the lead as large as nine points and held on for the 73-69 victory.


Inside the Numbers

- The Lions' offense was led by Anna Mahan, who posted her second straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds

- Kendis Butler had a strong outing, scoring 16 points while knocking down three 3-pointers

- Laurel Amey reached double figures, scoring 12 points

- Penn College won the rebounding battle, holding a 46-37 advantage on the glass

- Madison Hemler was the final Lion to reach double figures, scoring 10 points while going 4-5 from the free throw line

- The Wildcats were led by Madison Klock, who scored 17 points off the bench, and Ja'Quela Dyer who posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds


Who's Next?

The Lions return home to take on NEAC foe Lancaster Bible on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. 


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