Erie, PA— The D'Youville women's basketball team defeated the Lions of Penn St.-Behrend 74-68 on Wednesday, January 22 in their second AMCC Game of the Week.
Both teams got off to a slow start only ending the first quarter 9-10 Behrend. D'Youville struck first two minutes in with a three by Sara Pfeiffer (Olean, NY/ Olean) and a layup by Danielle Hore (Orchard Park, NY/ Orchard Park). Behrend would then add points to the board 2:37 in. The next two and a half minutes would go scoreless for both teams again with a layup by the Lions.
The second quarter began much like the first but Behrend attacked first. Layups made by Elizabeth Bradley (Lockport, NY/ Starpoint) and Riley Riedel (Marilla, NY/ Iroquois) would tie the game at 13 with six and a half left in the first half. The Lions would take the lead after that for the next two and a half minutes until Hore tied it up with a layup, and then give the Spartans the lead with two made free throws. D'Youville would keep the lead until a minute left in the quarter when Behrend would go up by one to go into the locker rooms with a score of 26-25.
The teams didn't waste any time this half with Behrend scoring I the first 20 seconds. Not to be out done, Sarah Wittek (Elma, NY/ Iroquois) would add two more with made free throws. Behrend would keep their lead though until a three made by Sydney Alton (Hannibal, NY/ Hannibal) would give D'Youville the lead with just over six minutes to play in the third. The Lions would take the lead back twenty seconds later and hold it until Pfeiffer would make two foul shots and a three to tie the game, then take the lead 45-41. Wittek would add two made layups, while Hore would make a foul shot for the Spartans to go into the fourth with a 50-45 lead.
Behrend once again would strike first and would go on to tie the game with 8:27 left in regulation. The Lions would then tie the game and take the lead with 7:29 remaining until 3:38 when Wittek would make a layup to tie the game. Pfeiffer would give the Spartans the lead with a layup of her own. Foul shots made by Haley Kirisits (Lancaster, NY/ Lancaster) and Hore would extend that lead to four with 2:30 left to play and a score of 66-62.
After a three made by Hore with just over a minute to play, Behrend began to foul. With many made foul shots, the Spartans were able to seal the game 74-68.
Leading the Spartans in the win was Pfeiffer with 25 points. Not to be out done, Hore added another double-double to her career with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Wittek also shined with 19 points off the bench.
Alton added six points, while Kirisits, Bradley, Riedel and Ashley Schenkel (Webster, NY/ Webster Thomas) each added two and Brigid McKeone (Hamburg, NY/ Hamburg) had one. Putting in solid minutes in the win were Kelsey Carpenter (Hilton, NY/ Hilton) and Emmalea Erlandson (West Valley, NY/ Ellicottville).
D'Youville will be back on their home court next when they host Penn St.-Altoona on Saturday, January 25 at 3 pm.