|By Scott Elliott|
It was the Panthers’ fourth straight victory heading into Saturday’s matchup with rival Penn State Behrend.
Pitt-Bradford never trailed in the game, hitting five first quarter threes, and led 35-9 after the first 10 minutes. Penn State Altoona mustered just nine more points in the second quarter, and Ali Rinfrette’s layup shortly before half gave the Panthers a comfortable 52-18 margin at the break.
The only question in the second half was whether the Panthers would reach the century mark, and they nearly did. Jennifer Isenberg’s basket with 1:41 left made it 95-53, but the Panthers missed a pair of three-pointers on their next possession, squashing any chance at reaching triple-digits.
Pitt-Bradford shot 44 percent from the field and was 10 of 25 from long-range. The Panthers forced 25 turnovers, scoring 28 points off the miscues, and outrebounded the Lions by 20. Penn State Altoona hit on 33 percent of its attempts and was just 6-27 from behind the three-point line.
Brittany Watts led the scoring effort with 19 points and 10 rebounds, her third double-double of the season, and Kaserra Owens and Rinfrette each totaled 10 points apiece. The Panther benched finished with a season-high 46 points, led by Allison Guengerich’s 14 and Isenberg’s 10, as all 11 players scored.
Pitt-Bradford improves to 6-5 on the season and 4-1 in the AMCC. Saturday’s contest with Penn State Behrend is scheduled to tip at 1 p.m.
PENN ST.-ALTOONA (58)
Strittmatter 4-5-8-14, Burk 5-0-0-13, Wheeler 6-0-0-12, Boslet 3-0-0-8, Sorichetti 2-1-2-5, Scipioni 0-4-4-4, Christine 1-0-0-2. 21-10-14-58.
Watts 8-3-4-19, Guengerich 5-0-0-14, Rinfrette 5-0-0-10, Owens 4-0-0-10, Isenberg 5-0-0-10, Maciag 4-0-2-8, Lantz 2-1-2-7, Stringer 2-2-2-7, Ragin 2-1-1-5, Colebert 1-2-2-5, Collins 1-0-0-2. 39-9-13-97
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 52-18
3-Point FG's: Penn St.-Altoona - Burk 3, Boslet 2, Strittmatter 1; Pitt-Bradford - Guengerich 4, Owens 2, Lantz 2, Colebert 1, Stringer 1.