Women's Basketball Falls In First Round of NEAC Playoffs

Women's Basketball Falls In First Round of NEAC Playoffs

Penn State Berks 103, Penn State Harrisburg 64


Harrisburg Starters

Galbreath, Amey, Butler, Hemler, Mahan


Berks Starters

Brensinger, Herman, Bookwalter, Kopcik, Armstrong


How It Happened

Penn State Harrisburg fell to Penn State Berks in the first round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Playoffs on Feb. 25, bringing the team's 2019-2020 campaign to an end.


After Berks jumped out to a five-point lead, Laurel Amey got the Lions offense going, connecting on the first 3-pointer of the game. Jayla Galbreath followed with a 3-pointer of her own to give Harrisburg its first lead of the game. Kendis Butler would add another 3-pointer, extending the advantage to four points. Penn State Berks would answer with a 7-2 to retake the lead. Butler would end the run with her second 3-pointer of the game. Kayla Cade followed with a layup, giving Harrisburg a three-point lead. After Berks tied the game at 18, Anna Mahan hit her first 3-pointer of the game, giving Harrisburg the lead going to the second quarter.


Penn State Berks opened the second quarter on a 15-0 run, taking control of the game. Amey would end the run with a layup off an offense rebound. Galbreath would follow with a 3-pointer, helping the Lions close back within 11-points. Paige Kublalak stormed to the basket for a layup to bring the Lions back within nine points. Berks would close the second quarter on a 10-2 run, holding a 47-30 advantage at the half.


Harrisburg's offense could not find its rhythm in the second half, as Berks scored 31 points in the third quarter to take a 28-point lead. Berks' offense was led by Katie Armstrong who scored a game high 30 points. Harrisburg could not make a fourth quarter run, despite the best efforts of Galbreath who scored 17 points and Butler who scored 13 points and combined to make eight 3-pointers. Berks would cruise to a 103-64 victory.


Inside the Number

- Jayla Galbreath led the Lions offense, scoring 17 points while shooting 5-9 from 3-point range.

- Kendis Butler scored 13 points, connecting three times from behind the arc

- Laurel Amey reached double figures, scoring 11 points while pulling in seven rebounds and dishing five assists

- Anna Mahan chipped in eight points while gather five rebounds

- Penn State Berks won the rebounding battle, holding a 37-23 advantage

- Harrisburg made 13 3-pointers, bringing their season total 272 made this season

- Berks was led by Katie Armstrong who scored 30 points while going 4-5 from behind the arc


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