PITTSBURGH, PA – The La Roche Lady Redhawks won their conference record sixth straight AMCC Championship after running away from Pitt-Bradford 82-59 in the title game. The victory clinches the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament and secures their position as "team of the decade" having already won more than half of the decade's championships. They are now back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back AMCC Conference Champions.
The Lady Redhawks forced Pitt-Bradford to take a time-out just 2:22 into the game after running out to a 7-2 lead. The Panthers responded to get within two points but hot shooting carried La Roche to an 18-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. Sabrina McLin and TiChina Mitchell led La Roche with 8 and 7 points respectively.
Pitt-Bradford came out of the first intermission and forced three early fouls to get back within two. Mitchell limited the damage and helped spark a Lady Redhawk run when she dove into the scorer's table and found Danasha Harris for a fastbreak layup. Three possessions later Darrian Johnson drained a wide open three-pointer at the top of the key as La Roche scored sixteen unanswered points. Despite a small comeback by Pitt-Bradford, the Lady Redhawks entered halftime with a 39-28 advantage. La Roche shot 50% in the first half and held the Panthers to just 28%. McLin lead all scorers with 15 points and 6 rebounds.
The Lady Redhawks ran away from Pitt-Bradford outscoring them 25-13 in the third quarter. Mitchell had an incredible 16 points and Gloria Schifino capped off the quarter with a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer. Even with the game out of reach, La Roche fought through the fourth quarter on the way to their sixth championship.
McLin and Mitchell were named to the AMCC All-Tournament Team for their efforts. Both finished with double-doubles. Mitchell had 29 points (12 for 12 FT), 14 rebounds and 5 assists while McLin had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Schifino scored in double figures with 13 points and Johnson contributed 5 assists.
La Roche shot 52% (29 of 56 FG) compared to Bradford's 29% (20 of 68 FG). The Lady Redhawks also won the rebounding battle (44-35) and outscored Bradford by sixteen points in the paint.
La Roche moves onto the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in six years. They will find out their draw tomorrow.