Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lycoming's Mueller reaches milestone as Warriors win, 63-45

READING, Pa. – Senior Shelby Mueller (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) became the 10th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points and the highest-scoring team in the MAC Commonwealth overcame a slow start in the first half to score 42 in the second and cruise past Alvernia University, 63-45, in MAC Commonwealth action at Jack McCloskey Court on Wednesday night, Dec. 6.


Mueller, who reached the mark with a jumper with 2:43 left in the second quarter, finished with game-highs of 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Warriors (6-2 overall, 2-1 MAC Commonwealth), as the team rebounded from a 33 percent first-half shooting performance by shooting 50 percent (15-of-30) in the second. Mueller is now ninth in school history with 1,009 career points and seventh with 570 career rebounds.

Lycoming started the second half on a 9-0 run, with senior Haley Sipple (Boothwyn, Pa./Chichester) starting the run with a layup and finishing it with a 3-pointer, as Lycoming took a 30-19 lead. Alvernia (3-5 overall, 0-3 MAC Commonwealth) cut the lead to four with 3:34 left in the third, but Lycoming responded with eight straight points to finish the quarter, taking a 43-31 lead into the final quarter.

In the fourth, Lycoming continued to stretch the lead, with an old-fashioned 3-point play from sophomore Kayla Kline (Mifflinburg, Pa./Mifflinburg Area) making it 58-37 with 3:16 to go before Alvernia cut the gap by three points over the final moments.

In the first half, the team’s fought through a tie and three lead changes, as the largest lead either team could grab was six points by Lycoming before Alvernia cut the gap to a point a minute before halftime. Freshman Madi Welliver (Turbotville, Pa./Warrior Run) hit a free throw to give Lycoming a two-point lead at the break.

Kline finished with 11 points, three steals and an assist and junior Becca Painter (Elverson, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) posted 10 points, five assists and five steals. Both sophomore Akilah McFadden (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) and Sipple finished with seven points, with McFadden notching seven rebounds and Sipple posting two steals.

Torie Zerbe led the Golden Wolves, who shot just 28 percent from the floor in the game, with nine points and 10 rebounds and Maya Cooper added nine points and two assists. Abbie Zerbe also posted nine points and Liv Andrefski finished with eight points and four steals.

The Warriors get back in action on Saturday, Dec. 9, when they host MAC Commonwealth foe Widener University at 3 p.m. in Lamade Gym.

Newspaper Box Score
Lycoming vs. Alvernia
12/6/2017 8:00 p.m. at Reading, PA
Lycoming 63, Alvernia 45
Lycoming (6-2, 2-1)
Shelby Mueller 7-11 2-2 16; Kayla Kline 3-9 5-5 11; Becca Painter 4-7 0-0 10; Akilah McFadden 3-7 0-2 7; Haley Sipple 3-9 0-0 7; Tori Talanca 2-3 0-0 4; Morgan Mader 1-3 0-0 3; Jenn Grove 1-1 0-0 2; Erica Lutz 0-5 2-4 2; Madi Welliver 0-0 1-2 1; Hailey Fricke 0-2 0-0 0;
Totals 24-57 10-15 63.
Alvernia (3-5, 0-3)
Abbie Zerbe 2-6 3-4 9; Maya Cooper 3-14 1-5 9; Torie Zerbe 2-9 5-7 9; Liv Andrefski 3-6 0-0 8; Kiersten Ingram 2-9 0-0 5; Emily Theobald 2-3 0-2 4; Dej'hanee McNeal 0-1 1-2 1; Julia Ewen 0-1 0-0 0; Megan Bruno 0-1 0-0 0;
Totals 14-50 10-20 45.
3 point goals -- Lycoming 5-12  (Becca Painter 2-4; Akilah McFadden 1-3; Haley Sipple 1-1; Morgan Mader 1-3; Hailey Fricke 0-1;), Alvernia  7-21 (Liv Andrefski 2-4; Maya Cooper 2-6; Abbie Zerbe 2-5; Kiersten Ingram 1-3; Torie Zerbe 0-1; Julia Ewen 0-1; Megan Bruno 0-1;). Fouled out -- Lycoming - None, Alvernia - None. Rebounds -- Lycoming 40 (Shelby Mueller 16), Alvernia 35 (Torie Zerbe 10). Assists -- Lycoming 13 (Becca Painter 5), Alvernia 7 (Maya Cooper 2). Total fouls -- Lycoming 20, Alvernia 16. Technical fouls -- Lycoming 0, Alvernia 0. A-250
Team         1st  2nd  3rd  4th  Total
Alvernia      12   7    12   14   45
Lycoming      13   8    22   20   63