Too little, too late for Pitt-Bradford women

Penn State Behrend handed the Pitt-Bradford women's basketball team its first home loss of the season Thursday night by a score of 59-51.

Behrend led by nine midway through the first half before consecutive three-point plays by Pitt-Bradford's Abby Brate and Allison Osborne cut the lead to 19-16.

Carly Dalton's jumper at 4:57 mark would signal the last basket of the half for the Panthers. The Lions went on a 12-2 run, including scoring seven straight to end the half, to lead 33-20 at the break.

In the second half, the Behrend advantage would balloon to 19 on two occasions, the second coming with 4:23 left in the game. After a series a turnovers, Dalton scored on a layup in transition, sparking a 12-0 Panther run, and Alicia Kimmel's three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:44 left made it 56-49.

Behrend missed a basket underneath on its next possession and the Panthers came away with the rebound only to give the ball right back on a turnover. They would get no closer than six the rest of the way.

The Lions, which led from the start, dominated the stats, shooting 48 percent from the floor and holding a 36-16 scoring advantage in the paint. Pitt-Bradford shot a season-low 26 percent from the floor, hitting just 16-62 attempts. The Panthers scored 20 points off 27 Behrend turnovers and were 17-19 from the free throw line.

Brate, who was a perfect 9-9 from the line, finished with a career-high 16 points. She added six rebounds and seven steals. Osborne and Kimmel each scored nine points apiece, and Madison Krebs hauled in six rebounds.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 7-8 on the season and 5-4 in the AMCC. The women remain home to host Penn State Altoona Saturday.