Lions Hit the Boards to Beat Hilbert

Lions Hit the Boards to Beat Hilbert

ERIE, Pa. – Katie Chess (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) tallied her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Penn State Behrend past Hilbert 56-45 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) women's basketball action on Wednesday.

The Lions (5-9, 4-3 AMCC), holding a one-point lead at halftime, outscored the Hawks (7-7, 4-4 AMCC) 20-10 in the third quarter and hold on for their fourth conference win and sixth straight over Hilbert.

Erika Woll (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst Prep) posted a career high with 12 rebounds while Fontaine Glenn (West Sunbury, PA/Moniteau) tied her career best with 11 boards.

Kelsi Ebert and Emily Gawlak each tallied 13 points for the Hawks.

The opening three-pointer by Gawlak was the largest point margin in the first quarter that saw seven lead changes and three ties, leaving Hilbert with a 13-11 lead at the end. In the second period, Behrend used a 9-2 run to take an eight-point lead with 3:40 to play. The Hawks got within one twice, including in the final minute of the quarter after a layup from Katelyn Proy to cut the lead to 26-25 at the half.

The Lions never trailed in the second half. Behrend held Hilbert scoreless in the last 3:25 of the third quarter to extend the lead from three points to 11 heading into the fourth period. Chess recorded back-to-back buckets and Woll followed with a jumper, ending with a Heidi Langhorst (Corapolis, PA/Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) field goal off a pass from Ali Goetz (Mars, PA/Mars) to make it 46-35.

The Hawks started the comeback in the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run, but the Lions buckled down on defense in the final 4:15 and allowed just one more Hilbert field goal while pushing the lead back to double digits for the win.

Rachael Razzano (New Castle, PA/New Castle) was the only other Behrend player in double figures with 11 points.

Goetz contributed seven points and dished out a career-high five assists.

The Lions return to action on Saturday at Penn State Altoona. Game time is 1 p.m.

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