The Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team needed every
minute of action to claim its sixth-straight victory of the season on Saturday
against visiting Penn State Altoona, 75-69. The Panthers fell behind early but
were able to make up ground and seal the win heading into the holiday break.
Sophomore point guard Abby Brate paved the way with 22
points, two rebounds and five assists. Brate’s consistency at the line fueled
her point total, as she finished a whopping 14-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Sophomore center Madison Krebs erupted for 13 points and six
rebounds as she remained a force in the paint for the duration of the contest.
Senior forward Geena Sneeringer and junior forward Alicia Kimmel each finished
with 11 points. Sneeringer also tallied six rebounds and one assist, while Kimmel
had nine rebounds and one assist.
Pitt-Bradford (6-1, 2-0) remains unbeaten in league play
after the bruising victory, but it wasn’t always easy. The Panthers began the
game a little slow and found themselves in a dogfight early. It wasn’t until
the clock showed three minutes remaining in the half before Pitt-Bradford
turned on the jets and moved to a 34-26 lead.
The Lions refused to go lightly and when the horn went off,
the Panthers entered the locker room leading 39-30.
Pitt-Bradford shot just 35 percent from the floor in the
first half compared to Penn State Altoona’s 62 percent. The Panthers were solid
from the line, shooting 72 percent. The Lions were just 42 percent from the
Penn State Altoona (1-7, 1-3) continued to put the heat on
the Panthers as second-half play began. The Lions stayed bucket-for-bucket with
Pitt-Bradford, and with 9:30 showing on the clock, actually held a 50-45
The lead quickly dwindled as the Panthers went on a
six-point run with 3:27 to go. With just 1:35 remaining, the Panthers held a
five point advantage and the Lions were forced to turn to fouls in an attempt
to get back in the game.
The Panthers remained clutch from the free throw line, as they
were all game, and closed out the victory.
“I’m very happy to go into our holiday break at 6-1, 2-0 in
the conference,” said head coach Patrick Daniel. “We have a lot of work to do
but I am so proud of each player on this team for giving great effort and doing
the things necessary down the stretch to win this game.”
Pitt-Bradford returns to the court on Saturday, Dec. 28,
when it travels to Westerville, Ohio, to compete in the Otterbein Smokey
Ballenger Classic. Tip-off against first-round opponent Denison is set for 5