The Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team struggled to find
a rhythm offensively in 64-58 defeat to the Franciscan Barons on Saturday, Feb.
Junior Alicia Kimmel led all Panthers in scoring with 12
points, six rebounds and two assists. Freshman Brittany Watts finished her
afternoon with 10 points and four rebounds.
Pitt-Bradford (14-11, 10-8) struck first in the scoring
department when senior Geena Sneeringer dropped in a free throw to put the
Panthers on the board. Minutes later, Watts banked one in off the glass to tie
the game at nine points each five minutes into play.
The Panthers seemed to have little trouble scoring in the
first period, but could not slow the Barons’ attack. Sophomore Madison Krebs
tacked on her first points of the afternoon at the 12:07 mark to give the Panthers
a two-point lead with a lot of time left.
Less than a minute later, freshman Kaserra Owens finished a
layup in the paint to put the Panthers up by three. The ensuing possession for
the Barons saw Dani Link sink a three pointer of her own to knot the score once
It was then that
Franciscan (5-19, 4-14) grabbed a small lead that it held onto for the
remainder of the first period.
Pitt-Bradford cut the deficit to within two points twice
with less than four minutes to play, but each time it did the Barons found the
basket to extend their lead. Franciscan went up by five points with over a
minute to play, when Sophomore Abby Brate hit a jump shot with 30 seconds left
to send the Panthers to the locker room trailing, 33-30.
Pitt-Bradford shot 46.4 percent from the field for the first
half and did not attempt a triple. The Panthers were four of nine from the
The Barons finished the first 20 minutes shooting 50 percent
from the floor, including 54.5 percent from behind the arc. They were just one
of four from the line.
Watts put one in off the glass to open the second half
scoring and bring the Panthers to within one point less than a minute into the
action. Franciscan immediately responded, refusing to let the Panthers overtake
Even though Pitt-Bradford cut the deficit to one point less
than a minute later, Franciscan put together a small run and with 13:09 left in
the game, led the Panthers 46-38.
As time began winding down and the clock showed just five
minutes remaining, the Panthers fought furiously to steal the Barons’ lead.
Sophomore Allison Osborne connected on a shot just outside the paint to bring
Pitt-Bradford back within three points.
Yet again, Franciscan overpowered the Panthers’ defense and
found a way to extend its lead with little time left. A jumper by Kimmel with
25 seconds to go proved to be the final points for Pitt-Bradford as the
Panthers saw the clock dwindle to show no time remaining.
“This is a very tough loss especially going into the
playoffs next week,” said head coach Patrick Daniel. “Little things win ball
games and today we didn’t do enough of the little things to win. We have two
days to prepare ourselves mentally and physically to be ready to play.”
For the game, Pitt-Bradford shot 37.7 percent from the field
and did not connect on a triple in the second half from three. The Panthers
were 12 of 21 from the charity stripe.
Franciscan shot 45.3 percent for the game, including 44.4
percent from behind the arc. The Barons were eight of 17 from the line.
Despite the loss, the Panthers secured the fifth seed in the
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament and will travel to face
Pitt-Greensburg on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.