Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville women's basketball team was defeated by the visiting Pitt.-Bradford Panthers on Wednesday evening by the final score of 79-50.
It was a very even contest throughout the first quarter. With 4:40 off the clock, Bradford took a two-point lead at 6-4 on a made jumper. However D'Youville would come right back and take the lead 12-11 with back-to-back Hannah Simone (Rochester, NY/Bishop Kearney) threes. The Panthers would then retake the lead and go up by six before a Jean-Ann Korona (Washingtonville, NY/Washingtonville) made jumper at the buzzer to make the game 20-16 after one quarter of play.
The Spartans began the second quarter with a Jordan Smith (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) and-one to get to within one-point of the Bradford lead. After a Magan Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack) three, the Panthers would go on a on an 8-0 run to take a 32-22 lead. D'Youville would then score five unanswered themselves but Pitt.-Bradford would answer with a 10-0 run, taking a 42-27 lead into halftime.
The two teams would combine for 10 points in the first 3:16 of the third quarter before both teams would go cold until the 3:50 mark when the Panthers took a 49-32 lead. Bradford would continue to to add to their lead throughout the quarter and would lead after three by the score of 56-36.
Trying to close the gap in the final quarter of play, D'Youville would get to the line frequently, scoring their first seven points of the fourth from the free throw line. Bradford was able to increase their lead with a complete shooting performance and the Spartans only scoring five points in the final five minutes. A combination of the two gave the Panthers their second win over the Spartans this season with the final score of 79-50.
Both Korona and Simone each scored 12 points in the game to lead the team. Sophomore Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) led the team with 10 rebounds and four blocks, with CeDrice Howard (University Place, WA/Curtis) adding seven rebounds in her second consecutive start. Magee contributed eight points and a team high three steals off the bench.
The next game for the women comes at home this Saturday, February 4 as the Spartans host Penn State-Altoona at 1pm.