Lehman, Pa. - Five Lady Lions offered double-digit scoring efforts as Penn State Hazleton (9-1, 4-0 PSUAC) hung on for a well earned victory at Penn State Wilkes-Barre Tuesday night. 31 Wilkes-Barre turnovers forced by the Lady Lions made all the difference in the game as Hazleton built a 13 point lead at the end of three periods. The Lady Lions held fast through a fourth quarter Wilkes-Barre comeback, claiming a 65-57 win in their final Penn State University Athletic Conference battle of the calendar year.
Despite being out-rebounded in both halves, Penn State Hazleton made up the deficiency at the free throw line. The Lady Lions shot 71 percent from the charity stripe on 22 of 31 shooting as a plethora of Wilkes-Barre fouls gave Hazleton ample opportunities for easy scores at the line.
Hazleton slowly built their lead in the first two periods, carrying a six point advantage at the break, then went on to outscore the home team 17-10 in the third quarter to bolster their advantage. Despite losing the fourth quarter to Wilkes-Barre, the Lady Lions clung to their lead and escaped with the win to stay unblemished in the PSUAC.
Nine Wilkes-Barre players filled the scoring column but Simone London was the only player to reach double figures, posting 12 points on 5 of 13 shooting with eight turnovers in the losing effort. Amari Boyd added 6 points and 10 rebounds to lead all players in the game.
Senior Alexis Daly (New Albany, Pa.) led all scorers in the contest tallying 20 points, 8 rebounds and three steals. Junior Stephanie Guevara (North Brunswick, Nj.) totaled 10 points, five rebounds, and eight steals, while teammate Kamryn Dodd added 10 points and eight rebounds after missing two games to injury.
Freshman Ijonana Laster (Niagara Falls Ny.) scored 11 points in the contest along with 10 points from freshman McKenzie Prutsman (Jasper, Ny.). The duo shot a combined 14 of 16 from the free throw line.
Next Up: The Lady Lions return home for their final contest prior to the winter recess. Hazleton squares off with Lehigh Carbon Community College in non-conference action on Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Dr. Thomas M. Cacesse Gymnasium.