Women's Basketball Earns Key Win Over Penn State Abington

Women's Basketball Earns Key Win Over Penn State Abington

Penn State Harrisburg 77, Penn State Abington 71


Harrisburg Starters

Galbreath, Amey, Butler, Hemler, Mahan


Abington Starters

Barrow, Tabares, Graham, Gaddy, Nagbe


How It Happened

Penn State Harrisburg redeemed a loss from earlier in the season, defeating North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent Penn State Abington 77-71 on Feb. 8 in the Capital Union Building.


Harrisburg's offense got off to a strong start with Jayla Galbreath knocking down a 3-pointer on the Lions first offense possession. Laurel Amey and Madison Hemler followed with layups, helping Harrisburg (10-10, 8-3) build an early 7-5 lead. Kendis Butler, who led the Lions in scoring with 21 points, knocked down her first 3-ponter of the game, drawing a foul in the process and completing the four-point play. This sparked a 15-0 run for Harrisburg, allowing the Lions to jump out to a 13-point lead. Abington (7-12, 5-6) would battle back, pulling back within eight points, but Butler would knock down her second 3-pointer of the game to give Harrisburg a 23-12 lead heading to the second quarter.


Anna Mahan got the Lions offense started in the second quarter, finishing a layup. Harrisburg continued to grow its advantage, with Galbreath and Butler driving for layups giving the Lions a 17-point lead. Abington would battle back, using a 13-0 run to pull back with four points with 2:58 remaining before the half. Abington's offense was led by Ashya Gaddy who scored 25 points.  Galbreath ended the run with her third 3-pointer of the game. Sydney Hemler pulled in an offense rebound and put it back just as time expired in the first half, giving Harrisburg a 10-point lead.


Mahan got the Lions offense going in the third quarter, knocking down her first 3-pointer of the game. Both teams would trade baskets for most of the third quarter, with Abington pulling back within six-points. Anna Mahan drove the basket, scoring a layup, drawing a foul and completing the three-point play extending the lead back to nine-points. Harrisburg held an eight-point advantage entering the fourth quarter.


Abington opened the fourth quarter on a 6-2 to open the fourth quarter, pulling back within four points. Butler ended the run with a 3-pointer, but Abington answered back with a 3-pointer from Laquana Nagbe. Galbreath hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game, extending Harrisburg back to a seven-point advantage. Abington would continue to battle back, pulling back within three-points with 25 seconds remaining in the game. Harrisburg would use some clutch free throws to hold for the 77-71 victory.


Inside the Numbers

- Kendis Butler led the Lions, scoring 21 points and knocking down three 3-pointers

- Jayla Galbreath scored 18 points on 6-12 shooting, including going 4-8 from beyond the arc

- Harrisburg won the rebounding battle, holding a 44-40 advantage

- Madison Hemler scored 10 points while gathering eight rebounds

- Anna Mahan also reached double figures adding 10 points

- Penn State Abington was led by Ashya Gaddy who scored 25 points and gathered in nine rebounds

- Laurel Amey fell just short of a double-double, scoring nine points and pulling in nine rebounds


Who's Next?

The Lions will host NEAC South foe Gallaudet on Wednesday Feb. 12 at 8:00 p.m. This will also serve as the Lions Pink Game.


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