AMCC Women's Basketball Game of the Week
D'Youville Spartans (7-4) at Penn State-Behrend Lions (7-3)
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
8:00pm - Junker Center | Erie, PA
Buffalo, NY - For the second time this season, the women's basketball game between the Penn State-Behrend Lions and the D'Youville Spartans has been named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Game of the Week.
D'Youville enters the game winners of three of their last four and four of their last six. The Spartans catapulted themselves to one of the top teams in the conference with a three-game win streak by defeating Mount Aloysius, Pitt.-Bradford, and Franciscan this month.
Freshman Sara Pfeiffer (Olean, NY/Olean) has been leading the way for the Spartans since her arrival this semester. Through five games as a Spartan, Pfeiffer leads the team with 21.4 points/game as she is shooting 40.0% from the field, 37.1% from three, and 92.3% from the line with 4.4 rebounds/game. She set the program record with 10 made three-pointers in the team's 73-59 win against Pitt.-Bradford, scoring 34 points.
Not to be outdone, sophomore guard Danielle Hore (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) has been the leader of the Spartans throughout the season. Her 11.9 points/game, 7.2 rebounds/game, 4.6 assists/game, and 1.6 steals/game this season - continuing her play as an all-conference player. Hore has recorded two double-doubles and a historic triple-double in three of the last four games with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in the win over Bradford - the first point/rebound/assist triple-double in program history.
Junior Sydney Alton (Hannibal, NY/Hannibal) and freshman Haley Kirisits (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) have been key contributors for the women throughout their success this season as well. Both have been regulars in the starting lineup with Kirisits scoring 14 against Bradford. In addition, graduate transfer Becca Krenzer (Pavilion, NY/Batavia-Notre Dame) has provided quality minutes in the post and Elizabeth Bradley (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) has been a sound defender.
Behrend comes into the game after breaking a two-game losing streak against Penn State-Altoona on Monday, 78-77. The Lions have played several close games in their last four as all four games have been decided by less than 10 points and two by four points or less.
The Lions have five players that average 9.0 points/game or more, including one that is fourth in the conference with 16.3 points/game. Behrend is also tough on the glass with one of the best rebounders in the AMCC who brings in 8.7 rebounds/game and the team has two players that are very good from the field with 56.4 and 47.2 field goal percentages.
In their first meeting this season, D'Youville defeated Behrend 68-54 in the College Center Gym. Hore led the way with 22 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals while Alton tallied 10 points and eight rebounds. Krenzer chipped in with seven points while Riley Riedel (Marilla, NY/Iroquois) scored five points with five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
The Spartans had two extremely strong quarters to begin the game, scoring 19 points in each to lead 38-18 at the half. Behrend did their best to get back into the game as they trailed 57-38 after three and ultimately fell short in the loss. The Lions shot 35.2% from the field and 20.8% from three in the loss as the Spartans had a strong defensive performance.
You can read the conference's write-up on the AMCC website.