Warrior women struggle to score in defeat

RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Lycoming's Shelby Mueller (5) looks to the basket around an Albright's MiKayla Lea (3) Wednesday at Lamade Gym.

Morgan Mader set a new career high for Lycoming with 21 points.

Shelby Mueller played solid like she usually does, coming up two boards shy of a double-double.

But for the Warriors, that was essentially the extent of their scoring on Wednesday evening against a talented Albright team.

Mader and Mueller combined for 37 points, but the rest of the team struggled making shots and in the end, it hurt Lycoming as Albright left Lamade Gym­nasium with a 64-53 win over the Warriors.

“We have to figure out ways to score, we really do. We can’t just have two players in Morgan Mader and Shelby Mueller who are scoring, there’s no excuse for it. We have work to do, especially against these good teams,” Lycoming coach Christen Ditzler said. “We got away with it against some of other teams we’ve played, but so far we haven’t won the big game yet against Messiah, Albright, who are ahead of us.”

The Warriors used an 8-0 spurt early in the first quarter — all by Mueller — to go ahead by six points and led by nine at one point early in the second quarter, but the Warriors failed to score a basket in the final 6 minutes, 52 seconds of the second quarter following a Mader trey and it allowed Albright to go on a 10-0 run to take a one-point lead into the half.

“Too many mental mistakes, not enough intensity for us either offensively or defensively and I think that statistic (rebounding) is a huge statistic. Getting outrebounded and not going hard to the glass, there’s no excuse for that. That takes no talent. That means we didn’t go after basketball like we should have.”

The Lions held a 42-36 rebounding advantage.

In the first half, Mueller and Mader combined for 21 of the team’s 23 points.

“I thought defensively in first half to hold them to 23, 24 points, I was thrilled, we were down one. That’s OK,” Ditzler said. “But when they go on runs and we don’t have answers, we didn’t do a good job of stopping the bleeding and coming down and scoring. We traded baskets for a while then we couldn’t score at all.”

Between the second and third quarters, Lycoming was in a bit of a scoring slump, going roughly eight-and-a-half minutes between scoring points.

The Lions used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to pull away and gain some distance and take a 13-point lead with 2:13 left thanks to a jumper by Alysha Lofton.

Lycoming got it to within six points twice midway through the fourth quarter, but the Warriors couldn’t seem to shift that momentum and get it closer.

Mader proved to be solid again off the bench just four days after she hit a buzzer-beating shot to force overtime and eventual 3-pointer to take a lead.

The Lycoming sophomore set a new career high with 21 points to lead the team while also having team-high four steals and grabbed six boards.

“She always plays inspired in my eyes and she pulls the trigger. She shoots it like good shotters do. They keep shooting until the ball goes in,” Ditzler said. “They just keep shooting and she kept us in the basketball game, she really did.”

Mueller was just shy of recording a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. Lewisburg grad Akilah McFadden had nine points for Lycoming.

After Albright took a lead at the half, Lycoming only managed to tie the game once in the second half when Mader hit a trey with 6:07 to go to tie it up at 30-30. But that would be the closest Lycoming got in the final two quarters to reclaiming a lead.

Albright (10-5, 5-1 MACC)

Nina Mazzarelli 7-15 4-4 20; Mikayla Lea 6-15 1-1 13; Jane Joyce 3-12 3-4 9; Alysha Lofton 3-7 3-6 9; Devan Horka 4-8 0-0 8; Zaria Mohamed 1-2 1-2 3; Allison Dienes 1-2 0-0 2; Lauren Killion 0-2 0-0 0;

Totals 25-63 12-17 64.

Lycoming (11-4, 5-2 MACC)

Morgan Mader 6-13 4-6 21; Shelby Mueller 6-13 4-4 16; Akilah McFadden 4-9 0-0 9; Tori Talanca 1-1 1-2 3; Haley Sipple 0-4 2-2 2; Becca Painter 1-5 0-0 2; Taylor Saunders 0-4 0-0 0; Hailey Fricke 0-1 0-0 0; Hailey Dayton 0-5 0-0 0; Totals 18-55 11-14 53.

Albright 10 14 25 15 — 64

Lycoming 16 7 14 16 — 53

3 point goals: Albright 2-14 (Mazzarelli 2-7; Lea 0-6; Lofton 0-1), Lycoming 6-18 (Mader 5-10; McFadden 1-1; Sipple 0-3; Painter 0-1; Fricke 0-1; Dayton 0-2;). Fouled out: Albright-none, Lycoming-none. Rebounds: Albright 42 (Lofton 7), Lycoming 36 (Mueller 8). Assists: Albright 13 (Lofton 5), Lycoming 9 (McFadden 4). Total fouls: Albright 14, Lycoming 18. Technical fouls: none. A: 385.