BUFFALO, NY – Morgan Kennedy scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half to lift the Medaille women's basketball team past Penn State Behrend 77-66 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) action on Wednesday night.
Back in conference action for the first time in the New Year, the Mavericks (6-6, 3-2 AMCC) broke the tie in the conference between the two teams by outlasting the Lions (4-8, 2-3 AMCC) in the fourth quarter. Medaille scored more points in the final quarter than the first two periods combined (31-27).
Dani Reinwald led the Mavericks with 24 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 66.7 percent from the floor (10-of-15).
Medaille managed to outlast the Lions in the final quarter, but also had an advantage at the free-throw line with 20 attempts to Behrend's eight and pulling down 14 more rebounds.
The Lions had their largest lead at seven points with a 48-41 margin in the third quarter, but the Mavericks closed out the period with a 6-0 run to get within one with 10 minutes left to play.
It took a minute and a half in the fourth quarter for either team to score, starting with a pair of free throws from Morgan Kennedy to help the Mavericks regain the lead at 49-48 and forcing a Behrend timeout.
Medaille went on a 12-4 run in the first 4:30 of the fourth. Reinwald helped the Mavericks extend their lead from five to 14 points. She shot 4-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe for 12 of the 30 points scored.
Emily Kinecki (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst Prep) finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Behrend returns to action on Saturday against Pitt-Bradford. Game time is 3 p.m.