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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Pitt-Bradford Women's Hoops Squanders Halftime Lead

By Scott Elliott
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team squandered an 11-point halftime lead Saturday and fell to La Roche 69-57 in AMCC action.

After scoring 36 first half points, the Panthers mustered just seven made field goals over the final 20 minutes while being outscored 44-21. La Roche shot a blistering 62 percent in the second half to erase the deficit.

Leading 29-25 late in the second quarter, Pitt-Bradford ripped off seven straight points to take its largest lead of the game, 36-25, into the break.

A 10-0 run midway through the third quarter helped La Roche retake the lead at 41-40. Pitt-Bradford’s Shirleah Ragin countered with a basket, and following a pair of missed shots by both teams, Mackenzie O’Donnell hit a jumper to push the Redhawks back ahead 43-42.

Sabrina McLin hit a three-pointer on the next La Roche possession, and her bucket in the closing seconds of the quarter gave the Redhawks a 48-43 cushion going into the final frame. The reigning AMCC champions quickly pushed their advantage to double-digits, scoring the first five points of the fourth quarter, and led by as much as 15 before the final horn sounded.

The Panthers were 7-29 from the field in the second half and connected for only one three-pointer after hitting five in the opening 20 minutes. Pitt-Bradford went 11 of 18 from the free throw line for the game and outrebounded the Redhawks by six, netting 15 second-chance points.

La Roche shot 50 percent from the field overall and outscored the Panthers 34-20 in the paint.

Ragin led Pitt-Bradford with a team-high 18 points, and Ali Rinfrette and Brittany Watts each contributed 14 points. Rinfrette pulled in seven boards and handed out six assists, and Ragin collected three steals.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 2-4 on the season and travels to Mansfield Wednesday for a non-conference matchup.

NCAA DIII WBB Score: La Roche 69, Pitt-Bradford 57

PITT-BRADFORD (57)
Ragin 7-2-4-18, Watts 4-6-6-14, Rinfrette 5-1-2-14, Colebert 2-0-0-5, Maciag 1-2-6-4, Owens 1-0-0-2, Lantz 0-0-0-0, Guengerich 0-0-0-0, Stringer 0-0-0-0. 20-11-18-57.
LA ROCHE (69)
McLin 11-4-4-30, O’Donnell 5-2-3-12, Harris 3-4-6-10, Johnson 4-0-0-8, Schifino 3-0-0-7, Regan 1-0-0-2, Gabriel 0-0-0-0, Mitchell 0-0-0-0. 27-10-13-69.
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 36-25
3-Point FG’s: Pitt-Bradford – Rinfrette 3, Ragin 2, Colebert 1; La Roche – McLin 4, Schifino 1.

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