HAZLETON, Pa. - Penn State Hazleton picked up their second win in as many nights with a 78-52 win over SUNY Delhi in a women's non-conference game in the Dr. Thomas M. Caccese Gymnasium on Tuesday.
The Lady Lions held a wire-to-wire lead, jumping out early and maintaining their distance throughout. Hazleton forced 34 turnovers, their second straight game of more than 30, turning the Bronco miscues into 32 points.
Four Hazleton starters finished in double digits, led by sophomore McKenzie Prutsman (Jasper, NY) with 17 points. Sophomore Haley Nalls (York, Pa.) recorded her first double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while senior Stephanie Guevara (North Brunswick, NJ) added 15 points and seven steals. Sophomore Ijonana Laster (Niagara Falls, NY) chipped in 10 points and a game-high eight assists.
Samiaya Salley led Delhi with 23 points and 10 boards.
Hazleton jumped out to an early advantage and although Delhi settled in during hte second quarter, the Lady Lions were able to hold on to their double digit lead. A 12-0 run to start the game set the tone for Hazleton as they shot 44 percent from the field in the first quarter.
Defense was the theme of the half for Hazleton, who forced 20 turnovers which led to 13 points. The Broncos shot a dismal 19 percent from the field in the first quarter, although a better second stanza saw Delhi shoot 33 percent, including 3-for-5 from three.
Guevara had 11 points in the half and Nalls pulled down 10 of her rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action as Hazleton built a 38-22 lead.
An 8-0 run to start the second half squashed any chance of a Delhi comeback as Prutsman and junior Jacqlyn Siva-Harrison (South Brunswick, NJ) combined for eight points in just over two minutes. After trading buckets, Hazleton used a 15-0 spurt to build a commanding lead.
Delhi would outscore the Lady Lions 21-13 in the fourth quarter, but the game was already well in hand as Hazleton picked up the 26-point win.
Hazleton travels to USCAA foe Davis College on Friday, November 11th for an I-81 showdown. The Lady Lions look to make it three in a row over their non-conference rivals, having topped the Falcons in each of the past two seasons.