GREENSBURG, Pa. – The Franciscan women's basketball team dropped the first AMCC contest of the 2017 calendar year as the Lady Barons fell to Pitt.-Greensburg, 61-46, Wednesday evening.
The Bobcats raced out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter but sophomore Gaby DeJesus halted the run with a deep three after freshman Abby Baierl pulled down a defensive rebound with 3:10 to play in the first quarter. Two minutes later, Casey Hamilton put UPG back up by 10 with a layup to make the score 15-5 before Franciscan closed out the quarter with three straight-points to trail by seven, 15-8, going into the second quarter.
Pitt.-Greensburg opened the second with five unanswered points until junior Sarah Schriner halted the run with a jumper at 8:29. After a pair of free throws from Jenna Cole pushed the Bobcat lead to 12, 22-10, Baierl and senior Johanna Roach cut the deficit back down to seven as Baierl hit a jumper and Roach went deep with a three with 6:05 to play. Sylvia Stuart pushed the lead back to 11 all by herself as she hit a pair of free throws then made a layup off a Franciscan turnover in 30 seconds. Schriner sandwiched two pairs of free throws around a Bobcat three to keep the Lady Barons within 10, 29-19, with 2:56 to play in the half. Cole tacked on three more points for the Bobcats with 2:01 to play to extend the lead to 14, but Baierl and DeJesus hit back-to-back threes to bring the score to 33-25 in favor of UPG. Kelsey Oddis hit four three throws in the first 35 seconds of the half to give the Bobcats a 37-27 lead going into the locker room.
In a low scoring third quarter by both teams, the Bobcats out-scored Franciscan 8-7 in the 10 minutes of action, as Baierl accounted for five of the Lady Barons' points and freshman Kaitlyn Sonneberger added two in the final eight seconds of the period.
Once again, the Bobcats took a 14 point lead with four straight points to open the fourth quarter, and pushed the lead to 22 after a layup from Cole at 4:30 made the score 57-35. Schriner's three at 4:18 got the lead back under 20, 57-38, but Oddis went 2-for-2 from the free throw line once again to take a 21-point lead, 59-38. Oddis hit her final layup with 3:35 to play to give UPG a 61-40 lead but the Lady Barons closed out the game with six-straight points, two from DeJesus, Baierl and Schriner to bring the score to its final, 61-46 in favor of the Bobcats.
Baierl led the Lady Barons with 16 points while Schriner chipped in 12. Johanna Roach led Franciscan with five rounds, all defensive.
Franciscan continues its roadtrip to open the season as the Lady Barons head to D'Youville on Saturday for a 1pm AMCC tilt.