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LHU women’s cruises to, 77-31, win over Carlow; Mansfield falls

Lock Haven dominated Carlow University, 77-31, in a non-conference matchup on Sunday afternoon at Donahue Pavilion in Pittsburgh.

The Bald Eagles commanded the game right from the start, stifling the Celtics offense to hold a 22-5 lead after just the first quarter of play. While Carlow kept the second quarter tighter, scoring 11 points to LHU’s 17, Lock Haven continued to hold a significant lead (39-16) heading in to the second half.

LHU added another 21 points in the third while allowing just seven points to push their already considerable lead to 37 points, taking a 60-23 advantage in to the final quarter of play. The Bald Eagles sustained the onslaught in the final frame, tallying 17 points to close out the wire-to-wire victory.

Freshman Marena Lonardi powered the Lock Haven offense, notching 20 points to push her team-leading season total to 107. Lonardi now sits second among all Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) freshman in scoring. Both Rileigh Devine and Bink Redman recorded points in the double-digits as well, tallying 13 and 11 points respectively. Redman added 10 rebounds to mark her second double-double of the season.

Williamsport graduate, Jaynelle Robinson who leads the PSAC in rebounds, tacked on nine points and nine rebounds, increasing her season rebound total to 86.

As a team, Lock Haven held the Celtics to a 17.68 field goal percentage and did not allow Carlow to score a single three as the Celtics went 0-19 on three-point attempts. LHU recorded a season high eight blocks against the Celtics, as Robinson recorded four, a season high for the junior guard.

Mansfield won the second and third quarter, but a hot start and even better finish lifted reigning NE10 Champion Le Moyne College to a, 57-32, non-conference victory on Sunday at Ted Grant Court.

The final score did not tell the story as the Mounties (2-6 overall) outscored the Dolphins (6-4 overall), 9-7 in the second period and matched their total of 14 in the third. However, the Dolphins led 17-7 after the first quarter and finished the contest on a 19-2 run to come away with the victory.

Junior Chelsea Cover led the Mounties with 10 points, two rebounds and a steal. Junior Kira Merritt was perfect from the floor (3-of-3) and at the line, totaling nine points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Sydney Reed added five points.

Le Moyne jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first, but Merritt hit her first three shots, including one from three to keep Mansfield within reach.

The second quarter was a defensive battle as the Mounties held the Dolphins to 27 percent from the floor and seven points, winning the quarter 9-7.

In the third, the Mounties matched the Dolphins with 14 points, marking the most in a quarter on the evening. Cover knocked down two threes and made several winning plays on defense to keep the Mounties in striking distance, 38-30, heading into the final period.

Le Moyne’s early offensive struggles started to dwindle away and the Dolphins erupted for 19 points to the Mounties two to close out the contest.

Jenna Zimmerman led the Dolphins with a 17-point, 12 rebound double-double. Liz Millea added 12 points and Mckayla Roberts finished with 10.

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