McKeesport, Pa. – After having just five active players in the game on Wednesday, the Penn State Greater Allegheny Women’s Basketball Team (0-7, 0-1) looks to get healthier as they head into a weekend matchup with Penn State University Athletic Conference foe Penn State Schuylkill (2-2, 0-0) on Friday at 6 p.m.
PSUGA dropped their seventh game in a row in that game as they fell to Penn State Beaver 94-37. PSUGA was able to stay close early on but in the end, they just didn’t have enough in the tank to pull out a win. Despite the score, however, there were still some positives to take away from the contest that the team can build upon moving forward.
Jayla Ellis (Pittsburgh, Pa,/Woodland Hills) continued her offensive dominance in the game leading the team with 19 points. It marks the seventh straight game in which she has been in double digits as she continues to lead her team. Ellis leads PSUGA in many offensive categories including Points per Game (13.3) and Free Throw Percentage (58.3) and is third on the team in shooting percentage (32.8).
Brandy Taylor (Pittsburgh, Pa./Imani Christian Academy) nearly picked up her first double-double of the season collecting a team leading nine rebounds to go along with her ten points in the game and lead the team with three assists. Taylor has been seeing more and more assists throughout the last several games and is currently second on the team in assist per game with 2.7.
PSUGA continues to look at the film and improve on their mistakes as they look for that elusive first win of the season. However, they may be catching a break here soon as some of the players who have missed time are set to make their returns to the lineup. Alex Hall (Washington, D.C./Bell HS) and Andrea Burroughs (New Rochelle, Ny./New Rochelle), who have missed the last couple of games, are set to make their returns to the lineup this weekend and Lexus Santiago (Pittsburgh, Pa./Imani Christian Academy) is set to make her PSUGA debut as soon as next week.
While PSUGA is getting healthy, PSU-Schuylkill will be getting their first taste of conference play. They have lost two in a row ahead of Thursday’s action falling to Davis College and Rosemont College. After getting off to a 2-0 start to the season, they are looking to get back on track Thursday when they take on HACC before facing PSUGA.
PSUGA is trying to keep a string going in this matchup as they are a perfect 6-0 against Schuylkill since the 2011/2012 season. Last season, PSUGA was able to pick up a 68-55 win as they were lead by former Lion and current assistant coach Jess Manfredi’s 24-point effort.
The Women will tip-off tomorrow night against Schuylkill at 6 p.m. for the first half of a men’s/women’s doubleheader. The Men will follow with the second half of the doubleheader tipping off at 8 p.m.