STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Penn State Behrend women's basketball team picked up their first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) win of the season with a convincing 79-47 over Franciscan on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions (2-6, 1-1 AMCC) had four players in double-digit scoring and never trailed in the contest to snap a three-game losing skid. Katie Chess (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Fontaine Glenn (West Sunbury, PA/Moniteau) tied her career high with 11 boards.
The Barons were led by Raegan Stead's game-high 21 points.
Behrend started the first quarter on a 15-0 run in the first six minutes to take a commanding lead that would not relinquish. Erika Woll (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst) started the spurt with a free throw, followed by an unconventional three-point play by Glenn for a 4-0 lead. Goetz scored the next five points and Nicole Boyer (Blairsville, PA/Blairsville) connected on a layup, before Kinecki hit her second jump shot of the quarter for the 15-point lead.
A pair of Stead's free throws finally got the Barons on the board with 2:42 left in the period. The Lions were able to take a 20-8 advantage into the second quarter and keep their double-digit lead for the next 10 minutes to make it 36-20 at halftime.
The Lions had a quick 6-0 spurt to begin the third quarter for a 22-point lead with 7:38 remaining in the period. Behrend had its best offensive output in this quarter, scoring 24 points and holding Franciscan to 16.
Behrend pushed the lead to 30 two minutes into the fourth quarter and ended the game with its largest margin at 79-47.
The Lions went 16-for-25 from the line, while scoring 30 points in the paint and 32 points off the Barons 32 turnovers.
Behrend returns to action on Saturday against Mt. Aloysius. Game time is 1 p.m.