Erie, PA – The D'Youville women's basketball team earned their first conference victory and second consecutive victory on Wednesday evening, defeating the Penn State-Behrend Lions by the final score of 62-45.
D'Youville got out to a quick 4-0 lead after a Magan Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirdondack) made three and Sydney Alton (Hannibal, NY/Hannibal) free throw. Behrend answered with a three just second later to make the score 4-3, but that would be the last scoring either team would do for the next several minutes. Over the next four minutes, neither team would score until Alton made a layup increased the D'Youville lead to three. Alton and Magee continued to dominate the first quarter as they combined for nine more points through the remainder of the quarter, all from behind the arc, giving the Spartans a 15-9 lead after the first.
Alton remained a thorn in the paws of the Lions as she drilled another three to begin the second, expanding the D'Youville lead to seven. The Lions made pushed towards the Spartan's lead, but the closest they were able to get the score was to within five. In the final 5:06 of the half, D'Youville outscored Behrend 10-5 with five points from Kailey Kellner (Coupeville, WA/Coupeville). Their lead increased to 12 and the Spartans went into halftime leading the Lions 36-24.
Behrend was able to get the game back to within single digits to open the second half before a Hannah Simone (Rochester, NY/Bishop Kearney) layup brought the score to double-digits once again. A few minutes later, Simone hit a three to make the lead 12 and a Jordan Smith (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) free throw made it 13. As the Lions pulled back to a 10-point deficit, Sarah Field (Durhamville, NY/VVS) made back-to-back layups to end the third and sent the Spartans into the fourth with a 51-37 lead.
In the fourth quarter, D'Youville began to progressively pull away from Behrend. Two CeDrice Howard (Curtis, WA/University Place) layups increased the Spartan's lead to 18 with 5:27 to go in the game, and the women again had an 18-point lead with 3:19 to go. D'Youville had no problem closing out their first conference win of the season, defeating the Lions by the final score of 62-45.
"Road games are tough, but conference road games are even tougher," said head coach Dan Glover. "We came out with positive energy and really fed off each other both offensively and defensively. It's one win, but we will enjoy this one and get back to work for the next."
With 14 points, Alton led the Spartans in scoring, adding six rebounds. Magee contributed nine points and a team high 11 rebounds while Simone also scored nine points. Kellner added five points, three rebounds and four assists in the game. Smith scored six points while adding nine rebounds and four assists.
Howard scored seven points in the game while Field added four and Monica June (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) also had four. In total, the women had all 16 players see the court in their victory.
Coach Glover also picked up his 50th career win with the team's victory over the Lions.
The women will play next this Saturday, December 2 as they host the Mount Aloysius Mounties at 3:00pm.