STUEBENVILLE, Ohio – The Penn State Behrend women's basketball team captured their first win of the season with a 59-56 victory over Franciscan in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) action on Saturday afternoon.
The win is the first collegiate coaching victory for head coach Christine Slater, who took over the reigns for the Lions (1-11, 1-5 AMCC) this season. Behrend shot a season-best 42.2 percent from the floor and Sadie Zielinski (Erie, PA/ Harbor Creek) tied a career high with 14 points.
Three other players were in double figures for Behrend. Ally Burke (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst) and Erika Woll (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst) added 16 and 13 points, respectively, and Fontaine Glenn (West Sunbury, PA/Moniteau) registered 10 in the win.
The Barons (4-6, 2-3 AMCC) also had four players in double-digit scoring. Lacey Huck and Sarah Schriner each posted 16 points.
Not only did Burke lead the Lions in points, but she also drained the go-ahead three-pointers with 30 seconds left to help Behrend secure its first season and conference victory. Woll drained a pair of free throws with 10 seconds on the clock to seal the deal.
The opening half went in favor of the Lions for the first time this year. Behrend took a 26-19 lead into the locker rooms and kept it into the second half until the 7:01 mark. Franciscan went on a 10-3 mark, finishing with a Schriner three-pointer to give the Barons the lead they briefly had in the first half.
At 53-48 with 3:33 remaining in the game, Glenn scored Behrend's next five points to knot it at 53-all and forcing a Franciscan timeout. Schriner hit the back end of two free throw shots and Glenn followed with a good free throw, before Stephanie Pahren made a jump shot with 48 seconds left.
On the next possession, Zielinski nailed a triple on her own for a one-point lead and Woll gave the Lions a three-point lead to force a long shot from the Barons that missed with seven seconds showing.
Brittany Kiger led all players with 11 rebounds.
Behrend returns to action tomorrow at Pitt-Greensburg. Game time is 2 p.m.
March 3, 2015 Burke Named First-Team All-Conference
February 21, 2015 Burke Reaches 1,000; Lions Fall to Pitt-Greensburg in Season Finale
February 18, 2015 Kiger, Burke Lead Behrend Past Hilbert
February 14, 2015 Mounties Halt Lions Late Comeback in AMCC Action
February 7, 2015 Franciscan Edges Behrend in Overtime
January 31, 2015 Tale of Two Halves; Altoona Defeats Behrend
January 28, 2015 Pitt-Bradford Downs Lions
January 24, 2015 Balanced Effort Leads La Roche Past Women's Basketball
January 22, 2015 Stingy Defense Helps Lions to Third Straight Win
January 19, 2015 Women's Basketball On a Roll; Lions Defeat Hilbert
January 17, 2015 Women's Basketball Downs Mt. Aloysius in AMCC Action
January 14, 2015 Lions Fall to Medaille, 66-54
January 11, 2015 Depth Helps Pitt-Greensburg Past Behrend
January 10, 2015 Zielinski Leads Women's Basketball to First Win
January 5, 2015 No. 25 John Carroll Tops Women's Basketball
January 3, 2015 Lions Fall to Pitt-Bradford in AMCC Action
December 13, 2014 Lions Fall Short Against Altoona
December 10, 2014 Bethany Outlasts Women's Basketball
December 6, 2014 Stifling Defense Helps La Roche Past Women's Basketball
December 3, 2014 D'Youville Defeats Lions in Conference Opener
November 22, 2014 Alma Defeats Penn State Behrend in Wilmington Tournament
November 21, 2014 Lions Fall to Wilmington; Burke Nets Career High
November 18, 2014 Thiel Holds Off Women's Basketball
November 16, 2014 Kenyon Defeats Women's Basketball in Tip-Off Consolation
November 15, 2014 Women's Basketball Drops Season Opener to RIT
November 12, 2014 2014-15 Season Preview With Head Coach Christine Slater