The Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team could not overcome
early struggles in a 64-58 defeat on the road to the Medaille Mavericks on
Wednesday, Feb. 19. Sophomore Allison Osborne surged for a season-high 21
points, five rebounds and one assist.
Pitt-Bradford (14-10, 10-7) gave the Mavericks a run for
their money in the opening minutes of action, tying the game twice in under four
minutes of play.
The Mavericks came alive offensively moments later and
quickly added to their slim lead. Osborne drained a jump shot at the 12:37 mark
to bring the Panthers within seven points.
Pitt-Bradford managed to clip the deficit to one point,
22-21, with just over eight minutes remaining. The score remained close heading
into the final minutes of the first period.
The Panthers trailed by five points with two minutes showing
on the clock. Despite a layup by freshman Brittany Watts and another bucket
from Osborne, Pitt-Bradford headed to the locker room down 34-28 to the home
The Panthers finished the first half shooting 31.6 percent
from the field, including 44.4 percent from three. They did not connect on two
free throw attempts.
Medaille shot 42.3 percent for the first half, including 25
percent from outside the arc. The Mavericks were 11 of 13 from the line.
Medaille (18-6, 15-2) and Pitt-Bradford traded buckets to
begin the second half, leaving the point differential where it stood heading
into the break. Another layup from Watts and a bucket from outside the paint by
junior Alicia Kimmel had the Panthers within two points.
The attempt at taking the lead was short lived however, as
the Mavericks cashed in on several opportunities in a row at the bucket. The
Panthers refused to give up as the lead fluctuated for several minutes with
each team taking turns finding the net.
Trailing by eight points with 7:16 to play, Pitt-Bradford
went back-to-back on quick shots off the glass to cut that deficit in half. A
successful trip to the line for Medaille’s Dani Reinwald put the lead back at
six with 5:19 to go.
With barely a minute left to play and the clock dwindling to
expiration, sophomore Abby Brate finished a jumper to bring the deficit to four
points. The Panthers went on to miss three shots in the final 36 seconds to
surrender the victory to the Mavericks.
Pitt-Bradford finished the night shooting 34.3 percent from
the floor, including 26.7 percent from outside the arc. The Panthers were six
of 10 from the line.
Medaille left the court shooting 39.7 percent from the
field, including just 23.1 percent from three. The Mavericks were 15 of 19 from
the charity stripe.
Pitt-Bradford hits the road for its final regular season
contest of the season on Saturday, Feb. 22. The Panthers travel to Franciscan
with tipoff set for 3 p.m.