The Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team grinded out a
57-52 overtime victory over host Grove City on Friday night. The Panthers’
Alicia Kimmel and Abby Brate each finished the night scoring in double figures.
Kimmel left the court with 18 points and nine rebounds,
falling just one rebound shy of the double-double. Brate finished with 17
points, five rebounds and three assists.
Pitt-Bradford (3-1, 0-0) opened the game by allowing Grove
City to race out to a 6-0 lead. A few steals and some important finishes at the
boards, and the Panthers were right back in the match with the scored tied
It was at that time the Panthers opened up their offense to
move the game to 20-12, before allowing the Wolverines to come back just before
half. Pitt-Bradford carried a 25-20 lead into the break.
The Panthers finished the first half shooting 40 percent
(10-for-25) from the floor, including 100 percent (1-for-1) from behind the
arc. The Wolverines headed to the locker room shooting 39 percent from the
field and missed both attempts from the three point line.
Grove City (1-3, 0-0) stepped up its effort in the second
half, outscoring the Panthers 29-24.
Pitt-Bradford put together a 10-point run to begin the
second half, before the Wolverines settled down and began an offensive attack
of their own.
With just two minutes remaining in regulation, the Panthers
trailed 49-48. Pitt-Bradford’s Geena Sneeringer grabbed a defensive rebound and
the Wolverines fouled Kimmel to send her to the line where she went 1-for-2 to
tie the game.
Each team had its chances to steal the win, but neither
could find the bucket and time expired in regulation with the score knotted at
The Wolverines found the basket first in OT, but it would be
the only bucket made by Grove City.
Pitt-Bradford scored the next seven points in a row to bring
the game to its final score and send the Panthers home victorious.
“This was a very big win for us on the road tonight,” said
head coach Patrick Daniel. “I told the team we needed these types of wins
throughout the season in order to be successful. Our defense won this game for
us, and it is very good to be 3-1 early in the season. We still have a lot to
work on, but we are very happy with our progress so far this year.”
Pitt-Bradford is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 26, when
they host Houghton at 8 p.m. at the KOA Arena.