Thursday, January 25, 2018

Lycoming College Warriors fall to 20th-ranked Falcons

GRANTHAM, Pa. – Senior Shelby Mueller (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) finished with 11 points and 17 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season to lead the Lycoming College women’s basketball team, but a gritty defensive effort fell short against 20th-ranked Messiah College on Wednesday evening, Jan. 24, falling 54-45 at Hitchcock Arena.


Mueller finished a rebound shy of her career high as she edged her season rebounding average to 10.1 per game to go with an average of 15.1 points per game. She also moved into sixth in school history with 1,163 career points, just seven points shy of the top five in the school’s record book.

In a battle of the two top offenses in the MAC Commonwealth, the Warriors (13-5 overall, 7-3 MAC Commonwealth) shot 30 percent (19-of-63), but were able to largely hold the Falcons (16-2 overall, 8-1 MAC Commonwealth) in check, as they finished at 35 percent (19-of-55) from the field. Lycoming dominated the glass, holding a 47-38 advantage on the glass, but Messiah hit 9-of-12 at the free throw line and also notched 12 points off turnovers.

The Warriors jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a layup from Mueller and a 3-pointer from junior Becca Painter (Elverson, Pa./Owen J. Roberts), which was part of a 9-5 run through the game’s first five minutes. Messiah responded four 3-pointers in the second half of the quarter, taking a 17-13 lead.

In the second quarter, Messiah led by as many as eight at 22-14 before the Warriors closed the gap with a 9-2 run capped by a jumper from Painter that made it 24-23 with 3:28 left and kept it close into the break, with the Falcons leading by two at 28-26 at the break.

The Falcons started the second half on a 7-2 run before the Warriors closed back within a pair of points as sophomore Hailey Dayton (Reisterstown, Md./St. Timothy’s) canned a 3-pointer. Another bucket by Dayton with 23 seconds left in the period made it 40-37, but a bucket that fell in at the buzzer gave the Falcons a five-point lead heading into the final quarter, where Lycoming couldn’t get closer than five points.

Still, with 1:48 left a jumper from Dayton made it a 49-44 game and Messiah was forced to win the game at the free throw line, hitting 5-of-6 in the final minute.

Dayton finished with nine points and three rebounds and sophomore Akilah McFadden (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) added six points, eight rebounds and five assists. Painter also added five points, four rebounds and three assists and freshman Tori Talanca (Berwick, Pa./Berwick Area) added five points and four rebounds.

Kaitlyn Hoff led the Falcons with 17 points and four assists and Maci Thornton added 13 points and five rebounds.

The Warriors get back on the court on Saturday, Jan. 27, when they head to Widener for a 1 p.m. MAC Commonwealth game before the men’s teams tip at 3 p.m.

Newspaper Box Score
Lycoming vs. Messiah
1/24/2018 6:00 p.m. at Grantham, Pa.
Messiah 54, Lycoming 45
Lycoming (13-5, 7-3)
Shelby Mueller 5-13 1-2 11; Hailey Dayton 4-9 0-0 9; Akilah McFadden 2-11 1-2 6; Tori Talanca 2-4 1-1 5; Becca Painter 2-11 0-0 5; Erica Lutz 2-4 0-0 4; Morgan Mader 1-6 0-0 3; Taylor Saunders 1-1 0-0 2; Haley Sipple 0-2 0-0 0; Hailey Fricke 0-2 0-0 0;
Totals 19-63 3-5 45.
Messiah (16-2, 8-1)
Kaitlyn Hoff 6-13 4-5 17; Maci Thornton 5-12 1-2 13; Leah Springer 2-9 2-3 6; Hannah Brown 2-2 0-0 6; Kristen Smoluk 2-4 0-0 5; Alecia Rohrer 1-8 2-2 4; Becca Isaac 1-5 0-0 3; Jen Fairbanks 0-2 0-0 0;
Totals 19-55 9-12 54.
3 point goals -- Lycoming 4-20  (Akilah McFadden 1-5; Hailey Dayton 1-3; Becca Painter 1-7; Morgan Mader 1-4; Hailey Fricke 0-1;), Messiah  7-18 (Hannah Brown 2-2; Maci Thornton 2-3; Becca Isaac 1-4; Kaitlyn Hoff 1-2; Kristen Smoluk 1-2; Jen Fairbanks 0-2; Leah Springer 0-3;). Fouled out -- Lycoming - None, Messiah - None. Rebounds -- Lycoming 47 (Shelby Mueller 17), Messiah 38 (TEAM 7). Assists -- Lycoming 10 (Akilah McFadden 5), Messiah 13 (Kaitlyn Hoff 4). Total fouls -- Lycoming 15, Messiah 11. Technical fouls -- Lycoming 0, Messiah 0. A-400
Team         1st  2nd  3rd  4th  Total
Lycoming      13   13   11   8    45
Messiah       17   11   14   12   54

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