PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The La Roche College women's basketball team (15-3, 10-1) cruised to a 105-59 victory over visiting Penn State Altoona (5-13, 4-8) Wednesday night in the Kerr Fitness Center.
With 105 points, the Lady Redhawks broke the school-record for most points ever in a game.
Altoona scored the opening bucket of the game before Casie Cygan drilled a three pointer from the top of the key. A swarming defensive attack turned consecutive Lions' turnovers into fast break lay ups as La Roche took firm control of the game.
The Lady Redhawks opened the game on a 32-4 run, scorching the nets on 14-of-16 shooting during the streak. La Roche would continue its torrid pace as the hosts took a 65-29 lead into the break.
Nine different La Roche players scored in the opening half, including three in double-digits. Cygan led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Mackenzie O'Donnell with 13 points and Sabrina McLin with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Danasha Harris chipped in eight points, five assists and four steals.
The Lady Redhawks shot a blistering 61% from the field and 55% from long range, while forcing 11 turnovers.
La Roche continued its swarming defense and attack in transition to put Altoona out of reach, holding their largest lead at 96-48 with 5:38 left in regulation.
The Lady Redhawks held on to record the 105-59 victory.
Five players finished in double-figures, including three over 20 points. O'Donnell led all scorers and set a career-high with 24 points. Sabrina McLin also set a career-high with 21 points and added six rebounds. Cygan finished with 20 points and four steals.
Danasha Harris tallied 10 points, seven rebounds, six steals and five assists. Gloria Schifino added 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.
La Roche finished the game with 25 assists, 15 steals and just eight turnovers. The Lady Redhawks held Altoona to a chilly 30% from the field.
With the win, AMCC leading La Roche improved to 10-1 and remains one game ahead of Medaille.
The Lady Redhawks return to action Saturday in an AMCC showdown at Medaille. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Rachel Bachri.