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Bald Eagles win easily over PSU Altoona in women’s basketball

LOCK HAVEN — If the final score of Tuesday night’s women’s basketball game between Penn State-Altoona and Lock Haven would have been election results, the contest might have been simply labeled as a land-slide victory.

Scoring early and often, the Bald Eagles dismantled the Nittany Lions, 82-49, after leading by 51 points two minutes into the fourth period.

“We actually had a very serious halftime talk because I wasn’t happy with their execution and focus in the first half,” Lock Haven coach Jennifer Smith said. “We came out in the second half to try and play a little better rather than just focus on the score. We have to realize that we are going to approach it as the game is 0-0 on every possession.”

Leading the Eagles to the win was Williamsport grad Jaynelle Robinson with a solid double-double featuring 13 boards and 14 points.

“With my being out for a year, I feel like things are starting to come together for me,” said Robinson. “It set me back a little not playing against other girls (last year) so I am taking it one game at a time, trying to build on each game.”

Usually one of the tallest girls on the floor, Robinson knows that she has to get better with both her outside and inside game.

“I have been working more on both my inside and outside game,” Robinson said. “Now that I am playing with a different group of girls, it is kind of different, going from a New York-style to more of a Pennsylvania style. Where I was before, it was more of an up-and-down game. It was more of a fast pace, up and down the floor in transition. Here we are concentrating more on playing our game because, with the group of girls we have, we have a good chance to do some good things.”

Smith realizes the potential that Robinson possesses in her effort to help the team.

“She came from Monroe Community College and red-shirted for us last year,” Smith said. “She is getting there as far as what we need her to do defensively. She is very big and strong and very talented so on a bad night she could have a double-double.”

Leading all scorers was Marena Lonardi with 18 points.

“She is athletic and knows how to put the ball in the basket,” Smith said. “She shoots the ball well, She can drive or pull up and hit the jump shot. She just has a nice set of offensive skills.”

Although many times one of the smaller players on the floor, Bink Redman many times reaches double figures in rebounds. Although she was held to six boards and six points, she managed to dish out five assists and play takeaway with five steals in her solid floor game.

“She ran the point for us a little more for us tonight than she has earlier this year,” explained Smith. “We weren’t looking to push the ball in transition and that is where she usually picks up a lot of her points.”

Rileigh Devine scored 12 points and had five assists with four steals.

Now 2-2 with their second straight win, the Bald Eagles need to tighten things up somewhat as they head to California (Pa.) and Slippery Rock.

“Every game from here on out is going to determine where we end up in the playoff race so it is time to put it all together,” Smith said. “We need to get everybody healthy and back in the lineup and kind of find our way.”

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