HAZLETON, Pa. - Senior Taylor Cannon (Hazleton, Pa.) became the second Lady Lion in as many games to score her 1,000th career point, surpassing the mark with a team-high 16 points as Penn State Hazleton held off Penn State Scranton, 81-65 in a Penn State University Athletic Conference game. Cannon led the charge Tuesday night as Hazleton (7-1, 3-0 PSUAC) jumped out to an early lead and cruised to their third straight win to open conference play.
Cannon recorded her first double-double of the season, grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with her 16 points, although they did not all come easily. Cannon missed two straight shots and was stuck on 998 points, missing two more free throws. But she returned to the line with 9:25 remaining in the game, and poured in both free throws to set off the uproar in the Dr. Thomas Caccese Gymnasium.
Cannon wasn't the only Lady Lion to reach double figures, as three teammates joined her in the offensive barrage. Senior Christine Soltys (Milton, Pa.) scored a season-best 13 points and added three steals. Junior Alexis Daly (Wyalusing, Pa.), who was honored prior to the game for scoring her 1,000th point 12 days ago at Penn State York, finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Kamryn Dodd (Stevensville, Md.) added a career-high 10 points. Cannon also finished with a game-high four steals and added two blocks on defense.
Hazleton, who shot 48 percent from the field, was dominate in the first half, jumping out to a 22-6 lead before taking a 38-18 advantage into halftime. Scranton (3-3, 0-3 PSUAC) outscored the Lady Lions, 47-43, in the second half, but was unable to cut the deficit below the final 16 point margin.
The Lady Lions dominated nearly every major statistical category on the night, outrebounding Scranton 47-33, and scoring 24 points off of 18 Lions turnovers. Hazleton's bench output also dominated, as Dodd's efforts led to 34 bench points to Scranton's zero. The only major category led by Scranton was three-point field goals made, as they finished with 11.
Four Scranton players finished in double figures, including Danielle Segilia who finished with 19. Aubrey Wargowsky added 16 points for the Lions.
Hazleton returns on Thursday, December 4 as they welcome Central Penn College for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. Cannon will be honored immediately prior to the game. Admission is $3.00, and proceeds benefit THON.