Women's Hoops Closes Out Berks In Crunch Time

Women's Hoops Closes Out Berks In Crunch Time

Penn State Harrisburg 59, Penn State Berks 56


Harrisburg Starters

Gordon, Amey, Butler, Kubalak, Mahan


Berks Starters

Brensinger, Herman, Bookwalter, Kopcik, Armstrong


How It Happened

Penn State Harrisburg came up big down the stretch in a 59-56 victory over North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Penn State Berks at the Capital Union Building on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 25.


The Lions (7-9, 5-2 NEAC) were led by Kendis Butler's 17 points and Anna Mahan's 10-point, 11-rebound double-double. Laurel Amey added 11 points and six rebounds, while Paige Kubalak was the fourth player to reach double digits with 10.


With the Blue & White trailing 50-48 with less than seven minutes to play, Butler and Amey came up big when they connected on back-to-back 3-balls, with Butler's jumper giving the home team a lead it wouldn't relinquish and Amey's bucket making it a two-possession game with 5:55 remaining.



Jayla Galbreath stretched the advantage to 56-50 when she knocked down a pair of free throws at the 4:31 mark but Penn State Berks (8-6, 4-3 NEAC) cut the deficit to two with less than three minutes left thanks to consecutive layups by Katie Armstrong and Julia Bookwalter.


The final two and a half minutes saw both teams lock in defensively and keep the opposition off the board until the visitors, still trailing 56-54, were forced to foul in the closing seconds. Butler converted a pair from the charity stripe to give the Lions some breathing room with 14 ticks left before Amey sealed it with a free throw with less than 10 seconds remaining.


Inside the Numbers

- Penn State Berks shot 34.2 percent from the field, compared to 31.7 percent by the home team.

- The Lions knocked down seven 3-pointers, however, compared to just one on the day for the visitors.

- Berks finished with a 52-44 edge on the glass.

- Penn State Harrisburg got to the foul line 21 times, while the visitors shot just six free throws.

- Kendis Butler buried four 3-pointers en route to scoring 17 points and adding five rebounds.

- Anna Mahan recorded her fifth double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 boards. She also blocked four shots.

- Laurel Amey netted 11 points to go along with six rebounds, two steals and a pair of assists.

- Paige Kubalak scored a career-high 10 points and pulled down two boards.

- Madison Hemler had five points, four rebounds and two steals in a reserve role.

- Jayla Galbreath and Sydney Hemler each had two points off the bench. Galbreath also corralled five rebounds.

- Katie Armstrong led the way for Penn State Berks with 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight steals.


Who's Next?

The Lions travel to Gallaudet for another conference outing on Wednesday night, Jan. 29.


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