Basketball Teams Split, Set for Conference Openers
During a light week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams split in their only games while the wrestling team was idle. This Wednesday, the basketball teams begin Penn State University Athletic Conference play when they host Penn State Hazleton at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men).
Boosted by a 27-point performance from Scott Fenton, of Dickson City, and 22 points from Jesse Newman, of Waterfall, the Wildcats recorded their first win of the season, 61-53, over Alfred (N.Y.) University on Tuesday. Penn College, now 1-3 overall, held a 45-24 rebound advantage in the game.
Senior Kierstin Steer, of South Williamsport, scored 13 points Tuesday in a 94-64 loss to Alfred University and, in doing so, became the first women’s 1,000-point career scorer in Penn College history. She now has 1,001 points. Steer’s younger sister, Jamie, a freshman, led the team in scoring against Alfred with 14 points while Mackenzie Brown, of Lititz, added 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. The Wildcats, who couldn’t overcome 45 turnovers during the contest, are 2-2 overall.
After a 2-1 opening week that included an 84-66 win over Central Penn College, the Wildcats were ranked No. 8 in the first United States Collegiate Athletic Association Coaches’ Poll, for the period Nov. 7-14. Central Penn was ranked No. 1 in the poll prior to the two teams playing. In the Division II Power Ratings, Penn College is No. 7. This is the first season that the USCAA has split into two divisions for women’s basketball. The division includes 39 teams.
Overall record: 3-5
PSUAC record: 2-0
Sunday, Dec. 2 – Nittany Lion Open at Penn State University, to be announced
Tuesday, Dec. 4 – host Penn State Fayette, 7 p.m.
Overall record: 1-3
Tuesday, Nov. 20 – host Alfred University, W, 61-53
Monday, Nov. 26 – at Central Penn, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28 – host Penn State Hazleton, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1 – at Penn State Mont Alto, 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3 – at Williamson Trade School, 7 p.m.
Overall record: 2-2
Tuesday, Nov. 20 – host Alfred University, L, 94-64
Monday, Nov. 26 – at Alfred (N.Y.) State College, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28 – host Penn State Hazleton, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1 – at Penn State Mont Alto, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5 – host Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 6 p.m.