Saturday, December 9, 2017

Women's Basketball - Dayton, Warriors run past Pride, 79-61

Photo Courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Sophomore Hailey Dayton (Reisterstown, Md./St. Timothy’s) finished with a career-high 19 points, one of three Lycoming College women’s basketball players to finish with that many, as Lycoming held Widener University to less than 30 percent from the floor while cruising to its third straight MAC Commonwealth win, 79-61, in Lamade Gym on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 9, at Lamade Gym.

Dayton posted 19 points while hitting 6-of-11 from the floor and two 3-pointers, as she also added three assists and three rebounds, playing 32 minutes just three days after being held out of Lycoming’s win over Alvernia with an illness.

The Warriors (7-2 overall, 3-1 MAC Commonwealth) finish the first semester in a three-way tie for second in the conference with Stevenson, Lebanon Valley, sitting just a half-game behind Messiah.

Senior Shelby Mueller (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) posted her third straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds and sophomore Kayla Kline (Mifflinburg, Pa./Mifflinburg) also had 19 points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Widener (4-4 overall, 1-3 MAC Commonwealth) was held to just 29 percent (18-of-63) from the floor in the game and just 27 percent (9-of-34) in the second half, while the Warriors hovered near 40 percent in each half. The Warriors scored 36 points in the paint and held a 13-5 advantage in points off turnover.

The Pride took a 13-9 lead with 3:21 left in the first quarter, but Lycoming finished the period with nine straight points, as sophomore Akilah McFadden (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) found Kline for a 3-pointer and then picked up a steal and finished that play off with a layup to wrap up the run.

Widener cut the lead to two points early in the second quarter, but Lycoming used a 10-2 run late in the quarter to push the lead into double figures, taking a 37-25 lead into the break. Widener again got within six points in the third quarter after a 3-pointer from Madison Ireland, but the Warriors responded with two huge jumpers from Dayton and finished the half with five straight points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Kline to take a 64-51 lead into the final quarter, when Widener couldn’t get closer than 12 points, while Lycoming increased the lead to as many as 22 with 56 seconds left.

Allison Gallagher led the Pride with 26 points, seven rebounds and two blocks and Ireland posted 14 points, five assists and four rebounds. Kyra Schenk finished with 13 rebounds.

McFadden, sophomore Morgan Mader (Cresco, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) and senior Haley Sipple (Boothwyn, Pa./Chichester) each had six points and junior Becca Painter (Elverson, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) added two blocks.

The Warriors will now take a weeklong break for final exams before getting back on the court in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where they will take part in the Cruzin’ Classic. They open their two-game set in the Sunshine State on Monday, Dec. 18, against Randolph-Macon at 2 p.m.

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