Saturday, January 6, 2018

Lycoming College Mader’s buzzer-beater helps Warriors past Mustangs in OT

Sophomore Morgan Mader(Cresco, Pa./Pocono Mountain East)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Trailing for all but the first three minutes when the game was scoreless, the Lycoming College women’s basketball team capped a comeback from down 10 in the fourth quarter when sophomore Morgan Mader (Cresco, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) drained a 16-footer as time expired on regulation to send the game into overtime, where Lycoming was able to get control and outlast Stevenson University for the first time in three meetings, 60-57, in a barn-burner on a frosty, Jan. 6, at Lamade Gym.

Down by two points with 4.8 seconds left after a Stevenson free throw from Brandi Hall made it 47-45, sophomore Akilah McFadden (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) got the inbounds pass and took off down the court, penetrating inside the arc and cutting deep with two Mustangs trying to stop her path to the bucket. McFadden calmly looked left to find Mader, who swished through the jumper to tie the game as time expired.

In overtime, the Mustangs (7-6 overall, 3-3 MAC Commonwealth) scored the first five points, but the Warriors (10-3 overall, 5-1 MAC Commonwealth) were able to respond, as senior Haley Sipple (Boothwyn, Pa./Chichester) hit a pair of a layups, the second of which made it a one-point game with 2:18 left. Two possessions later, junior Becca Painter (Elverson, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) grabbed her own rebound and later in the possession found Mader, who swished through a 3-pointer to give Lycoming its first lead of the game, 56-54, with 1:17 remaining.

Stevenson closed within one twice more, but forced to foul each time Lycoming got the ball, were never able to get closer, as Sipple hit a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left and sophomore Hailey Dayton (Reisterstown, Md./St. Timothy’s) hit two with two seconds left to seal the win.

Lycoming, which now holds a half-game lead on second place in the MAC Commonwealth, is 10-3 for just the fifth time in program history and the first since 2008-09, while head coach Chris Ditzler, in her 25th year as head coach, won her 299th career game in one of the grittiest comebacks in her tenure.

In a tough-minded first quarter, both teams played well defensively, with the Warriors forcing four turnovers and seven missed shots and the Mustangs held the Warriors without a field goal while building an 11-1 lead. The Mustangs grew the lead to as many as 11 in the second quarter before buckets from Sipple and freshman Tori Talanca (Berwick, Pa./Berwick Area) in the final two minutes of the period sent Lycoming into the locker room trailing 20-13.

Stevenson led by as many as 11 in the third quarter, as it posted the first four points in the period, but Lycoming’s offense began to spark, scoring 15 points and closing within six points at the end of the quarter at 34-28. The Mustangs scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to lead 38-28 with 9:11 left and led by seven with 5:45 left, but McFadden hit a wide-open 3-pointer with 4:45 left to close within four. Moments later, Sipple canned a huge 3-pointer off a give from Dayton to make it 45-43 with 2:12 left and a layup inside from Mueller with 38 seconds left made it a one-point game at 46-45.

Lycoming forced a turnover with 10 seconds left, but turned it back over with 4.8 seconds left when Hall was fouled and she hit her second free throw to set up Mader’s dramatics.

Mueller and Sipple each had double-doubles, with Mueller posting 10 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Sipple notched 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists and McFadden added 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Dayton and Painter each posted four assists and Mader finished with seven points.

Hannah Crist led the Mustangs with 19 points and Jonyae Curry added 10 points and five rebounds. Olivia Coleman posted eight points and 11 rebounds.

After shooting 20 percent in the first half, the Warriors finished the game at 36 percent (22-of-62) while holding the Mustangs to 28 percent (16-of-57).

The Warriors get back on the court on Monday, Jan. 8, when they host King’s in Lycoming’s final non-conference tilt of the year at 6 p.m. in Lamade Gym.

Newspaper Box Score
Stevenson vs. Lycoming
1/6/2018 3:11 p.m. at Williamsport, Pa.
Lycoming 60, Stevenson 57
Stevenson (7-6, 3-3 MACC)
Hannah Crist 7-17 2-4 19; Jonyae Curry 2-8 5-6 10; Olivia Coleman 3-6 2-6 8; Morgan Jacobs 1-6 3-4 6; Denia Campbell 1-5 2-2 5; Kristine Tennyson 2-7 0-0 5; Brandi Hall 0-3 3-4 3; Imani Sanders 0-3 1-2 1; A. Duckett-Mooney 0-1 0-0 0; Kaeli Sutryk 0-1 0-0 0;
Totals 16-57 18-28 57.
Lycoming (10-3, 5-1 MACC)
Akilah McFadden 5-14 3-5 15; Haley Sipple 6-11 2-4 15; Shelby Mueller 3-10 4-4 10; Morgan Mader 3-6 0-0 7; Tori Talanca 2-3 1-2 5; Hailey Fricke 2-5 0-0 4; Erica Lutz 1-1 0-0 2; Hailey Dayton 0-6 2-2 2; Becca Painter 0-5 0-0 0; Taylor Saunders 0-1 0-0 0;
Totals 22-62 12-17 60.
3 point goals -- Stevenson 7-23  (Hannah Crist 3-9; Jonyae Curry 1-3; Denia Campbell 1-1; Morgan Jacobs 1-5; Kristine Tennyson 1-1; Brandi Hall 0-2; A. Duckett-Mooney 0-1; Kaeli Sutryk 0-1;), Lycoming  4-17 (Akilah McFadden 2-3; Morgan Mader 1-4; Haley Sipple 1-4; Hailey Dayton 0-4; Becca Painter 0-2;). Fouled out -- Stevenson - None, Lycoming - None. Rebounds -- Stevenson 38 (Olivia Coleman 11), Lycoming 50 (Shelby Mueller 12). Assists -- Stevenson 7 (Kristine Tennyson 2), Lycoming 15 (Hailey Dayton 4). Total fouls -- Stevenson 21, Lycoming 24. Technical fouls -- Stevenson 0, Lycoming 0. A-325
Team         1st  2nd  3rd  4th   OT  Total
Lycoming      1    12   15   19   13   60
Stevenson     11   9    14   13   10   57

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