Thursday, February 22, 2018

Women's Basketball - Warriors season ends at 17-8

READING, Pa. – Junior Becca Painter (Elverson, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) led the Lycoming College women’s basketball team with 12 points and five rebounds to lead the third-seeded Lycoming College women’s basketball team, but No. 2-seed Albright College used a fast start to edge out Lycoming, 56-45, in a MAC Commonwealth Championship semifinal at the Bollman Center on Wednesday night, Feb. 21.

The Warriors (17-8 overall) finished the year with their most wins since the 1999-00 season, as the team wrapped up its fifth straight winning season, reaching the conference semifinals for the second straight year.

Senior Shelby Mueller (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) notched eight points and 11 rebounds in her final game, as she finished her career with 1,266 career points (fifth in school history), 741 rebounds (fourth), 150 steals (11th) and 103 blocks (fourth). She became the first Warrior since 1994-95 to average a double-double, posting 15.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a senior.

Sophomore Akilah McFadden (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) added nine points, five rebounds and three steals and freshman Erica Lutz (Bernville, Pa./Hamburg) posted six points, five rebounds and five blocks.

In the first quarter, Albright (20-6 overall) jumped out to a 19-2 lead in the game’s first seven minutes before Lycoming closed the half with a 5-2 run, as sophomore Hailey Dayton (Reisterstown, Md./St. Timothy’s) hit a running jumper as time expired on the quarter.

The Lycoming run continued into the second quarter, as it scored the first nine points of the quarter through the first 5:30, with junior Becca Painter (Elverson, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) leading the run with five points. A driving layup by senior Hailey Fricke (Denver, Pa./Garden Spot) with 4:33 left got Lycoming within five points at 21-16, but Albright finished the half with the last five points to take a 26-16 lead into the locker room.

Both teams opened up offensively in the third quarter, scoring 33 points alone in the period. The Lions used an 8-2 run late in the period to take a 45-27 lead before the Warriors scored the last three points in the stanza.

In the final period, the Warriors opened the period on a 6-0 run to cut the Lion lead to 45-36, with a steal from Mueller leading to a transition layup from McFadden. An old-fashioned three-point play by Lutz cut the lead to eight with 7:19 left, but Albright used a 9-2 run to get a 56-41 lead with 4:05 left and Lycoming, despite scoring the last four points of the game, couldn’t cut the deficit back to single digits.

Devan Horka led the Lions with 18 points and seven rebounds and MiKayla Lea added 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Jane Joyce added six points, nine rebounds and nine assists and Nina Mazzerelli posted seven points and seven assists.

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