The Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team maintained a lead
for the duration of the game on Saturday and finished off the Bobcats of
Pitt-Greensburg 76-68. The Panthers have now won their fifth straight game
after defeating the Bobcats.
Pitt-Bradford (5-1, 1-0) surged into conference play having
won four consecutive games. The victory this afternoon makes it five straight
and gives the Panthers an undefeated conference record.
Three panthers reached double figures in scoring as
Pitt-Bradford used a strong offensive attack to set the tone early in this one.
Sophomore point guard Abby Brate paced the Panthers in
scoring with 20 points, five rebounds and one assist. Senior forward Geena
Sneeringer finished with 17 points and six rebounds. Freshman guard Kaserra
Owens found herself in double figures with 14 points, four rebounds and one assist.
With four minutes remaining in the first half, the Panthers
held a 30-18 lead. Pitt-Bradford went on to carry a 37-27 lead into the locker
room. The Panthers went to the line for a season-high 27 times in the first
half. They were successful on 22 of their attempts.
Pitt-Greensburg (3-4, 1-1) headed into the break shooting
just 24 percent from the floor. The Bobcats finished 1-of-8 from behind the arc
and 12-of-16 from the charity stripe.
The second half appeared to be a more evenly matched
contest. The Panthers had to continuously work the boards for rebounds and
put-backs in order to stay in the game and control its lead.
The Bobcats hit the court running in the second half
attempting to erase their first half deficit.
At 63-57 with just over two minutes remaining, the game
would be as close as it could be. With 2:08 remaining, the Panthers’ Carly
Dalton hit both free throws to give Pitt-Bradford the cushion it needed to lock
up the victory.
The Panthers head into finals week with their next matchup
coming Saturday, Dec. 14, as they host Penn State Altoona. Tip-off is set for 3
p.m. at the KOA Arena.