Short-handed LHU women lose to Cal

LOCK HAVEN -When the Lock Haven women’s basketball team made the long trip to California (Pa.) earlier in the year, the Lady Eagles came home on the short end of an 11-point loss.

The Lady Eagles were hoping for bigger and better things in the rematch on Saturday at Thomas Field House, but the Lady Vulcans asserted themselves at the outset of the second half and cruised to a 79-62 victory.

“We were hoping to do better, but we are a little battered and bruised as well as missing some kids and I think that affected us a little bit today,” said Lock Haven coach Jennifer Smith.

The two teams exchanged blows for the opening 13 minutes with the Lady Eagles holding a 24-21 lead. During the span, the game featured three ties and five lead changes.

During the remaining seven minutes of the first half, the Lady Vulcans began hitting from the outside as they outscored the Lady Eagles by a 15-6 margin to take a 36-30 lead to the half.

Lock Haven had 17 first-half turnovers and finished with 25 total.

“Twenty-five turn-overs was poor because Cal didn’t really press us today,” said Smith. “With them not pressing, there was no excuse for half of those turnovers.”

Feeding off their energy they had while closing out the first half, the Lady Vulcans built their lead up to 15 with 13 minutes left before winning by 17.

Stephanie Michael led California (17-7, 13-7 PSAC West) with 24 points.

“We did a really poor job of knowing where she was,” said Smith. “We told the girls to know where she was and get a hand in her face, but we couldn’t even do that.”

Loyalsock graduate Sami Lane finished with a career-high 27 points for Lock Haven.

“Yeah, that was my best game of my career here (at LHU),” said Lane. “That is also up near my best games from high school.”

Smith had some good words for her sophomore guard’s big effort.

“She just works very hard. That is Sami’s biggest thing,” said Smith. “She just digs down and if she thinks she can outwork someone, it is difficult to stop her.”

Lock Haven (7-16, 4-15) will stay home for two of its next three games. It will face Clarion Wednesday night at 6.

CALIFORNIA (PA.) (16-7, 12-7 PSAC)

MICHAEL, Stephanie 8-16 2-2 24; HINES, Ashley 7-13 1-3 15; MAHADY, Emma 5-8 1-2 12; McKNIGHT, Chelsea 3-7 2-2 9; SEEBOHM, Kate 4-11 0-2 9; RICHARDSON, Ayonna 2-4 1-3 5; GADSON, Ryah 2-7 0-0 4; ANTONENKO, Elena 0-4 1-2 1; HILL, Jasmine 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-72 8-16 79.

LOCK HAVEN (7-16, 4-15 PSAC)

LANE, Sami 12-22 3-3 27; DAUGHERTY, Emily 4-10 2-2 11; MOYER, Marrysa 0-3 7-9 7; RYAN, Kelsey 1-4 5-8 7; HERSHEY, Kacie 2-6 2-2 6; GILDEA, Hannah 2-7 0-0 4; BAIR, Kristi 0-0 0-0 0; BREHONY, Alex 0-1 0-0 0; McDANIEL, Syvae 0-0 0-0 0; MORALES, Brianna 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 21-58 19-24 62.

Halftime – California 36-30. 3-point goals–California (Pa.) 9-20 (Michael 6-9; McKnight 1-3; Mahady1-2; SeeBohm 1-5; Gadson0-1), Lock Haven 1-9 (Daugherty1-4; Moyer 0-2; Gildea 0-2; Morales 0-1). Fouled out–None. Rebounds–California (Pa.) 38 (Mahady 9), Lock Haven 48 (Ryan 10). Assists–California (Pa.) 16 (Seebohm 6), Lock Haven 6 (Daugherty 3). Total fouls–California (Pa.) 19, Lock Haven 14. Technical fouls–None. A-209