Saturday, January 20, 2018

Lycoming College Warriors outlast Hood College in tight matchup

Sophomore Akilah McFadden had seven points and eight assists in the win over Hood.
(Photo courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – With a drive, a spin and a flip for a layup, sophomore Akilah McFadden (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) gave the Lycoming College women’s basketball team an eight-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, helping the team get some separation to outlast Hood College, 69-60, in MAC Commonwealth action at Lamade Gym on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 20.

McFadden’s layup with 5:50 left capped a run of seven straight points for Lycoming, which improved to 13-4 overall for just the second time in school history and the first time in 30 years. Hood (5-11 overall, 1-8 MAC Commonwealth) was able to close within six just twice more, but each time, Lycoming answered with at least three points, leading by as many as 11 at 69-58 with five seconds left before Hood closed the game with a layup.

Four Warriors finished in double figures for Lycoming, led by 22 points and 13 rebounds from senior Shelby Mueller (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford), who became the fourth player in school history to reach 20 career double-doubles. Sophomore Morgan Mader (Cresco, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) notched 15 points and three assists and junior Becca Painter (Elverson, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) added 14 points, four 3-pointers and three rebounds. Senior Haley Sipple (Boothwyn, Pa./Chichester) also added 10 points, four assists and three blocks and McFadden added seven points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Lycoming shot 37 percent (21-of-63) in the game and 39 percent (7-of-18) from 3-point range to thwart a good-shooting performance from Hood (33 percent, 21-of-63), which benefitted from 17 points off turnover.

The Warriors jumped out to a 15-7 lead in the first quarter after a 3-pointer from Mader with 4:48 left, but Hood responded with 11 straight points to take an 18-15 lead before Lycoming used three free throws to tie the score at 18 at the end of the period. The Blazers led by as many as four in the second quarter at 22-18 before Lycoming began to control the period, holding the lead for the last seven minutes and leading by five with 1:13 left after a free throw from McFadden before Tamiya Ford hit two free throws for Hood to make it 35-32 at the break.

In the third quarter, Sipple hit the first bucket to make it a five-point game, but the Blazers responded with six of the next eight to make it 41-39 before Painter hit a huge 3-pointer that put Lycoming ahead for good with 6:33 left. Hood challenged again, though, closing within a point four more times, including three times in the fourth before Painter hit a 3-poointer with 7:37 left to start the run that ended with McFadden’s theatrical layup.

Hood was led by 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists by Ebony Pitt, 16 points and four rebounds from Lauren Keeney and 10 points and five rebounds from Mia Savoy.

The Warriors get back on the court on Wednesday, Jan. 24, when they head to 24th-ranked Messiah for a 6 p.m. MAC Commonwealth game.

Newspaper Box Score
Hood vs. Lycoming
1/20/2018 1:00 p.m. at Williamsport, Pa.
Lycoming 69, Hood 60
Hood (5-11, 1-8 MACC)
Lauren Keeney 5-10 2-2 16; Ebony Pitt 5-12 1-1 13; Mia Savoy 5-9 0-0 10; Denisha Robinson 2-14 2-4 7; Tamiya Ford 2-6 3-4 7; Laura Vetter 2-10 2-2 6; Amanda Hackney 0-2 1-2 1;
Totals 21-63 11-15 60.
Lycoming (13-4, 7-2 MACC)
Shelby Mueller 7-11 8-9 22; Morgan Mader 4-15 3-4 15; Becca Painter 5-9 0-0 14; Haley Sipple 5-10 0-0 10; Akilah McFadden 2-12 2-4 7; Hailey Dayton 0-0 1-2 1; Tori Talanca 0-1 0-0 0; Erica Lutz 0-3 0-2 0;
Totals 23-61 14-21 69.
3 point goals -- Hood 7-18  (Lauren Keeney 4-6; Ebony Pitt 2-3; Denisha Robinson 1-6; Laura Vetter 0-2; Amanda Hackney 0-1;), Lycoming  9-26 (Becca Painter 4-7; Morgan Mader 4-13; Akilah McFadden 1-5; Haley Sipple 0-1;). Fouled out -- Hood - None, Lycoming - None. Rebounds -- Hood 35 (Ebony Pitt 11), Lycoming 45 (Shelby Mueller 13). Assists -- Hood 12 (Ebony Pitt 5), Lycoming 19 (Akilah McFadden 8). Total fouls -- Hood 18, Lycoming 16. Technical fouls -- Hood 0, Lycoming 0. A-325
Team         1st  2nd  3rd  4th  Total
Hood          18   14   15   13   60
Lycoming      18   17   15   19   69

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