Langhorne, PA – The Penn State Harrisburg Women's Basketball team got strong efforts from its two seniors Tessa Dolce and Janel Brown who each posted a double-double. The Lions built a six-point lead in the first quarter, taking control of the game thanks to a decisive advantage in rebounds 56-21. The offense got a boost from Shanique Mattis who scored 14 points for the Blue & White. The Lions defense forced 14 turnovers in route to the victory.
Penn State Harrisburg 52 vs. Cairn 38
Penn State Harrisburg Starters:
Emerick, K. Stum, Bookard, Camp, and V. Stum
Penn State Harrisburg: (1-0)
Inside The Stats:
Field Goals: Penn State Harrisburg (20-66) vs. Cairn (16-54)
Assists: Harrisburg (11) vs. Cairn (9)
Turnovers: Harrisburg (21) vs. Cairn (14)
Rebounds: Harrisburg (56) vs. Cairn (21)
How it Happened:
Penn State Harrisburg opened the game on a 7-1 run, caped off by a 3 pointer from Janel Brown. The quarter would end with a bang when freshman Laurel Amey hit a half-court shot as time expired giving the Lions a 14-8 advantage. The Highlanders would make some adjustments and even the play with the Lions in the second quarter making the halftime score 25-21.
The Blue & White would take over from that point on, going on 6-1 run powered again by Brown. The Lions would control play dominating the boards, taking a 39-28 lead into the fourth quarter. Tessa Dolce made back-to-back jump shots to extend the Lions lead to 14, putting the game out of reach. Harrisburg would go on to win 52-38.
Janel Brown- 15 Points and 14 Rebounds
Tessa Dolce- 11 Points and 18 Rebounds
After the game, Head Coach Ross Patrick said, "Tonight we started the year with great leadership from our two seniors; Tessa and JB set the tone on the boards and on the stat sheets with double-doubles. Shanique battled through some early foul trouble to shoot just under 50% from the field, and two of our freshman got in on the action as well with Laurel knocking down a buzzer beater three pointer from half court to close out the first quarter. Good win to start the season, now we get ready for our weekend tournament."
Penn State Harrisburg will take part in the Gwynedd Mercy this week to play in their tip-off tournament. The Lions will play Gwynedd Mercy in the first round at 1:00 PM.