Wooster Wins Third Straight, Defeats Penn State Behrend 68-62

Kylie Orr
Kylie Orr
A'Janay Nicholson
A'Janay Nicholson

ERIE, Pa. – The College of Wooster women's basketball team picked up its third consecutive victory and their first on the road after a 68-62 win over Penn State Behrend on Tuesday.

The Scots held off a late surge from the Lions (1-2) to improve to 3-1 on the young season. Wooster led by nine with 2:40 remaining, but Penn State Behrend made it a 64-62 game with 36 seconds remaining.

Junior Kylie Orr hit four free throws down the stretch, and the defense held the Lions scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Orr's free throws put her at a new career-high of 28 points. Orr was 10-for-16 from the floor and 3-for-7 from 3-point range. She also added five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Cat Fiorito added 10 points off the bench. Anna Gibbs finished with only two points but contributed in other ways with eight assists and six rebounds.

Aubri McKoy finished with eight points and seven rebounds. A'Janay Nicholson recorded a team-high 11 rebounds and added four points.

McKoy scored the first two baskets of the game before Penn State Behrend took their first lead at 7-6. That sparked a 7-0 run from Wooster as they retook the lead 13-7 with 3:33 left in the first quarter.

Wooster held on to that lead to close the first quarter 18-13. An 8-1 run to start the second quarter behind 3-pointers from Orr and Nicholson gave Wooster their largest lead of the half at 26-14.

However, Penn State Behrend got right back in it and by halftime cut the deficit to two at 33-31. By the end of the third, it was tied 51-51.

Masani Francis was a spark off the bench, scoring the first two baskets of the fourth quarter to break the tie. Her running layup to make it 55-51 was scored with just seconds left on the shot clock.

Sarah Rapacz later scored on an offensive putback and Fiorito scored on the next possession as Wooster took a 59-51 lead with seven minutes remaining.

An Orr 3-pointer and another basket from Fiorito brought the lead to nine at 64-55 with 4:19 remaining.

Wooster shot 37 percent (28-for-76) from the floor, 29 percent (5-for-17) from beyond the arch and 32 percent (7-for-22) from the foul line.

Penn State Behrend shot 34 percent (24-for-70) from the floor, 21 percent (3-for-14) from 3-point range and 92 percent (11-for-12) from the line.

Wooster outrebounded the Lions 51-49 and outscored them off the bench 26-14.

Next, Wooster will travel to Muskingum University on Nov. 28.