Women’s basketball competes well in loss to Pitt.-Bradford

Women’s basketball competes well in loss to Pitt.-Bradford

STEUBENVILLE - Franciscan University's women's basketball team competed well down the stretch, in a 82-43 loss to conference opponent Pitt.-Bradford that sees the Lady Barons drop to 0-6 on the season. 

After the men's basketball team notched their first win of the regular season, the Lady Barons took to Hank Kuzma Court just after 4 p.m., hoping for the same result. However, the Lady Barons found the score not reflective of their efforts in the game's early minutes. The Panthers quickly accrued a 15-5 lead on the Lady Barons, thanks to several uncontested three-point shots from all parts of the perimeter.

After a timeout from Head Coach Suzy Delaney successfully halted the Panther momentum, the Lady Barons began to slice away at the Pitt.-Bradford lead, thanks in part to a dagger three-pointer from junior guard Gaby DeJesus. With less than two minutes before the conclusion of the first quarter, freshman forward Rhiannon Brodbine brought the Lady Barons within eight, sinking a layup after excellent lane penetration gave her essentially an uncontested layup.

The onset of the second quarter saw the Lady Barons go down 12, as the Panthers began to exploit holes in the Lady Barons' interior defensive scheme. Missed jump shot opportunities from sophomore guard Kaitlyn Sonneberger and freshman guard Rebekah Nevarez were partially redeemed, when freshman forward Laura Salzmann found the net with an arching jumper at the 8:41 minute-mark of the quarter.

As halftime approached, the momentum belonged squarely to the Panthers. Franciscan surrendered an eight-point run to end the half, putting Pitt.-Bradford up 41-20 as the buzzer sounded for halftime.

The Lady Barons came out in the third quarter determined to erase the Panther' lead. Halfway through the quarter, they had outscored Pitt.-Bradford 8-4, thanks to contributions from Nevarez, Sonneberger, and Salzmann. However, the visiting Panthers closed out the quarter with a 9-3 run, one only briefly stinted by successive Sonneberger free throws with 18 seconds to go before the conclusion of the quarter.

Down 53-31 to begin the fourth quarter, the Lady Barons responded with statistically their best quarter of the game. However, the Panthers did the same, tacking 29 more points to their total, to the Lady Barons' 12. Brodbine made free throw opportunities count early in the quarter, and Nevarez found room to sink a jumper with less than seven minutes remaining in the game.

Even so, after a Sonneberger jump shot at the 3:34 mark in the fourth, the Panthers launched a 15-1 scoring run to close the game. The Lady Barons surrendered their season's sixth-straight loss, by a score of  82-43.

The Lady Barons next face Mt. St. Joseph University on Monday, December 18, in a home matchup slated to begin at 7 p.m.