DuBOIS — The Penn State DuBois womens basketball team was handed a rare setback on Friday evening, falling to Penn State Brandywine, 55-43, at the PSU DuBois Multipurpose Building.
PSUD is now at 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the PSUAC. The loss on Friday snapped a three-game winning streak for DuBois with their last loss coming on Dec. 18 against Division II Clarion University.
Meanwhile, Brandywine is now 5-0 and in first place in the PSUAC.
“I was extremely pleased with our defense,” said DuBois head coach Pat Lewis. “This team was in the national tournament last year and they have all but one starter back. We held them up until two minutes left to 46 points, so defensively we did a really good job. I thought they did a really good job defensively. They were forcing us to rush our shots. It really was a good defensive game by both teams.”
DuBois never led in the game and saw their only tie after Kristen Williams’ three-pointer in the second minute of the game.
However, the home team did keep it close throughout the game as Brandywine only had a lead more than 10 points on one occassion late in the first half.
A layin from DuBois’ Gracie Hamilton with two minutes left in the first quarter put it at 14-13 Brandywine, but Madison D’Ambrosio’s bucket and a three from Nicolette Napoleon with four seconds left in the first quarter gave Brandywine a 19-13 lead after one quarter.
DuBois’ Melody Young had six of her team’s nine points in the second quarter as Laura Fatula also had a bucket and Lauren Young also hit a free throw as DuBois trailed 30-22 at halftime.
DuBois got things going right away in the second half as Cierra O’Shell knocked down the second of two three-pointers on the night on their first possession.
At the end of the third quarter, DuBois had cut the Brandywine lead to seven at 40-33.
DuBois cut the deficit to two points in the first 2:30 of the fourth quarter after an O’Shell free throw, a Hope Bridge layin and a Williams layup.
DuBois trailed 44-41 with 3:55 left, but Brandywine finished the game with an 11-2 run as the visitors went 5-for-6 from the foul line down the stretch.
“We just didn’t make the shots we needed to make, and we missed a lot of peepers,” said Lewis. “We missed a lot of shots we should have made.
“I told the girls before the game if there would have been a coaches poll at the beginning of the season on preseason favorites, Brandywine would’ve been picked as No. 1 and DuBois would have been 7 or 8. We’re at No. 2 right now. And quite honestly, we are a very solid team and we’re going to be vying for a playoff spot. They take the Top 6 teams, and we are definitely going to be involved in that I think.”
PSU DuBois’ game with Penn State Lehigh Valley was postponed on Saturday. DuBois is now back in action on Tuesday as they host Penn State Fayette at 6 p.m.