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Penn College women making strides on court

In five previous outings since 2014 against crosstown rival Lycoming College, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s basketball team lost by an average of 30 points per game. But that all changed on Tuesday.

Hosting the Warriors at Bardo Gym, the Wildcats put together their most complete game in the series before falling, 54-46. Prior to this year, the closest Penn College came to Lyco was a 17-point defeat in 2018: one year after its worst loss ever by 53 points.

After three early ties on the opening quarter, the Wildcats went ahead 12-9 on a pair of foul shots by Allie Troup, of Huntingdon, before Lycoming broke back on top 13-12 at the quarter’s end.

Penn College closed within one at 14-13 in the second period, but a 10-4 run put the Warriors ahead 24-17 at the half.

Lycoming led by as many as 13 points twice in the third frame before the Wildcats rallied to within five in the fourth before losing by eight.

Rachel Teats, of Middleburg, paced Penn College with 11 points and Ja’Quela Dyer, of Dover, Delaware, had 13 rebounds as the Wildcats fell to 0-5. Kenzie Reed, of Lancaster, led four Lycoming players in double digits with 15 points as the Warriors, who held a 28-8 advantage in points off turnovers, improved to 1-5.

“When we came out of halftime, we put the pedal to the metal,” third-year Wildcat coach Britni Mohney said. “After allowing a run in the second period, we knew we needed to up the tempo on the defensive end to begin to spark our offensive energy. This allowed us to capitalize on their areas of weakness and brought us back to a transition offense that we have been looking to find in our nonconference games.

“We’ve been reiterating the idea of competing in every aspect of the game: compete for loose balls, compete for rebounds, compete to make it harder for the (opposing) offense to score. When we started doing just that, and playing as one unit, we were able to climb back into the game and produce a better result for our program vs. Lycoming College.

“Our plan is to get 1% better each game, and we did. We got 1% better competing with Lycoming College.

“Key factors in our competition with Lycoming College were Rachel Teats and Ja’Quela Dyer.

“Rachel has been giving us consistent hard efforts through her stat line. She was our leading scorer, led the team in assists, grabbed rebounds and went perfect from the line. Rachel currently (as of Nov. 23) sits 16th in the nation for all NCAA Division III for free throw percentage; this is behind 15 other student-athletes who are shooting 100%. Rachel is shooting 96.3% from the line. If we can get her there more, I can see her game elevating to a higher degree.

“Ja’Quela also has been stepping up for the Wildcats and she is close to averaging a double-double in points and rebounds. (Tuesday) night, she stepped up grabbing 13 rebounds, 3 steals and earning 7 points. We also finally saw a great effort from sophomore guard Aubrey Stetts, of Jersey Shore, who is quick and tough on the court and got herself to her highest scoring game this season with 9.”

Penn College now is idle until 7 p.m. Friday when it steps into United East Conference play hosting Gallaudet University.

Men’s basketball
In a nonconference game on Tuesday at Wilson College, Penn College lost, 71-48. The Wildcats dropped to 0-4, while the Phoenix improved to 1-3.

Penn College led by four in the early going before Wilson tied the score at 17 and then closed out the half on a 15-8 run and took a 32-25 halftime lead. In the second half, Penn College closed the gap to three at 32-29, but Wilson went on a 16-0 run and led by no fewer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Gavin Barrett, of Roselle, New Jersey, topped the Wildcats with 12 points, while Max Jackowsky, of Garnett Valley, and Will Sulesky, of Huntingdon, each chipped in with seven points. Jesse White, of Harrisburg, led Penn College with four rebounds, as it was outrebounded, 40-23.

Penn College travels to Elmira (N.Y.) College at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, before stepping into UEC action for the first time at 5 p.m. on Friday hosting Gallaudet University.

Good sports
On Nov. 22, it was announced by the United East Conference that Wildcats sophomore Dean Fulton, of Palmyra, and junior Cinnamon Digan, of Mifflinburg, were named to the cross-country All-Sportsmanship Team. On Tuesday, soccer players Colton Wartman, a senior of Ellicott City, Maryland, and Brieanna Twigg, a freshman of Montgomery, received similar honors. And on Wednesday, women’s senior volleyball player Emalie Marnati, of Canton, also was cited.

The team recognizes student-athletes who epitomize the ideals of sportsmanship. Student-athletes selected to the All-Sportsmanship Team demonstrate fair play, graciousness in victory and respectfulness in defeat. Each individual was chosen by their coach as a representative who embodies the NCAA Division III spirit.

Men’s basketball
Overall: 0-4
UEC: 0-0
Tuesday, Nov. 23 – at Wilson College, L, 71-48
Tuesday, Nov. 30 – at Elmira (N.Y.) College, 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 3 – host Gallaudet University (UEC), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4 – host St. Mary’s (Md.) College (UEC), 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11 – host Clark’s Summit University, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 4 – at Juniata College, 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball
Overall: 0-5
UEC: 0-0
Tuesday, Nov. 23 – host Lycoming College, L, 54-46
Friday, Dec. 3 – host Gallaudet University (UEC), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4 – host St. Mary’s (Md.) College (UEC), 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11 – at Houghton College, 2 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 3 – at Mt. Aloysius College, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4 – at RIT Invitational, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 12 – at Rhode Island College, noon
Monday, Dec. 20 – Rennie Roadarmel Allstate Duals at Lycoming College, 11 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 7 – Budd Whitehill Duals at Lycoming College, 9 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 8 – Budd Whitehill Duals at Lycoming College, 9 a.m.

For more about the United East, visit the conference website.

For additional information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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