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LHU Women’s: Bald Eagles romp over Mansfield Mountaineers

By BILL ALBRIGHT

Express Sports Writer

LOCK HAVEN — Coming back home following a short road trip, the Lock Haven women’s basketball team was hoping to stop the bleeding.

After winning seven of its first 10 games, the Bald Eagles dropped back-to-back road games to IUP and Kutztown after leading in the second half of both games.

Making sure that the losing skid was a matter of history, the Eagles took care of business early as they never looked back from a 39-22 halftime lead en route to a 76-47 win over the Mountaineers.

“The last two games we had poor fourth quarters, but tonight we were able to separate ourselves from them,” said LHU head coach Jennifer Smith. “We just played a solid game from start to finish.”

LHU scored eight of the first ten points in the game for a 8-2 lead, a margin they extended two more points to lead by 18-10 at the first turn.

Continuing to play strong at both ends of the floor, LHU put together a 21-12 second period to hold a 39-22 lead at the break. Rileigh Devine spearheaded the LHU offense as she drained three treys during the period.

If there were any thoughts of a collapse this time around, the Bald Eagles took care of that as they ripped off a 26-12 third period for a 66-34 leading heading home.

In the end, the LHU depth was a factor as Smith rotated many different lineups on the floor.

“Not only are we deep right now, but we are very versatile as well,” said Smith. “Right now we might be as deep as any team in the conference.”

Devine led LHU in the scorebook with 14 points, Rileigh was joined in doubles by Marena Lonardi with 11.

For Mansfield, Jasmine Hilton was the only player to notch doubles with 10 points.

Next up is Shepherd on Saturday and that will be anything but a cake walk for sure.

“Saturday at Shepherd might be the toughest game for us to win remaining on the schedule based on a number of factors,” Smith said. “It is another road trip and it could set the tone as to who we are.”

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