Lady Lions use hot shooting to defeat Hawks

McHale becomes all-time leading rebounder
Release Date:
January 26, 2008
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ALTOONA, PA – Erin McGowan made seven three-pointers before finishing with a game-high 28 points to lead the Penn State Altoona women’s basketball team to a 80-56 win over Hilbert College. The host Lions converted a program best 14 of 25 (56%) three-pointers en route to improving to 7-9 overall and 5-5 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

Trailing much of the opening half, Hilbert (0-17, 0-10) would use a Courtney DeVille (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) jumper to erase a 13-point deficit and cut the Lions lead to 34-30. Penn State Altoona would respond with an 8-0 run as they closed out the half leading 42-30.

The second half would see the Lions push their lead to as many as 29 thanks to the conversion of eight of 12 (67%) field goals from beyond the arc. Hilbert’s Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) would pour in 13 second-half points, but turnovers and cold shooting (38%) would prevent any kind of a comeback.

McGowan would finish seven of 10 from the field while missing just one three-point attempt and making seven of eight free throws. Andrea Mortimer would add 11 points for the winners who collected 21 steals on the afternoon.

McHale finished with a team-high 22 points to go with a game-high 15 rebounds for Hilbert. The senior forward surpasses Amanda Smolarek (’04) as the Hawks all-time leading rebounder with her 983rd carom. Samantha Klein added 10 points and four boards as the only other Hawk to reach double-figures.

Hilbert will next travel to Painesville, OH on Wednesday for a meeting with conference foe Lake Erie College.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.