Sweet Win for Lady Pioneers

The Alfred State women's basketball team saw a double-digit 2nd half lead disappear but was able to score the games final five points to earn a 73-69 victory over Mercyhurst North East in a key Region III Division II contest.  The sweet Valentine's Day victory improves the Lady Pioneers to 14-8 overall and 5-3 in RIII DII while MNE is 13-5 overall and 6-1 in RIII DII play.

The Lady Pioneers led 33-31 at half but was able to build a 61-46 lead with just under ten minutes left in the contest.  For the next eight minutes, the Lady Saints clawed their way back into the game and took a 69-68 lead with 56 seconds left.  Hailey Witchella (Oxford Academy) gave the Pioneers the lead for good with 39 seconds when she hit a shot in the post.  Amie Brooks (Pavilion) sealed the victory for the blue & gold by hitting 3 of 4 foul shots in the final seconds.

Witchella had a monster night finishing 27 points and 22 rebounds.  Brooks added 22, Carriola Chambers (Manhattan/Facing History) chipped in eight points and six steals, and Nuri Bey (Bronx/HS of Computers & Technology) had six points and 12 rebounds.

Lenay Simms led the Lady Saints with 21 points.  MNE finished with four players in double figures.

Alfred State returns to action on Thursday when they step out of Region play for a 5:30 p.m. home contest vs. Roberts Wesleyan JV.

Newspaper Box Score
Alfred State College vs Mercyhurst NE
2/14/12 5:30PM at North East, PA
At North East, PA
ALFRED STATE COLLEGE 73, MERCYHURST NE 69
ALFRED STATE COLLEGE (14-8, 5-3 WNYAC)
Witchella, Haley 11-25 5-6 27; Brooks, Amie 7-12 5-9 22; Chambers, Carriola
3-3 2-2 8; Bey, Nuri 3-8 0-0 6; Hudson, Ardaisha 2-2 1-2 5; Romero, Camille
1-19 1-2 3; Walton, Tiffany 1-2 0-0 2; Rogers, Kyara 0-0 0-0 0; Brito,
Destiny 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-73 14-21 73.
MERCYHURST NE (13-5, 6-1 WNYAC)
Lenay Simms 6-16 8-9 21; Darnesha Tomlinson 6-19 6-6 19; Sharika McGill 6-14
0-0 12; Johnesha Warren 5-13 1-2 11; Paula Harrison 1-6 0-0 3; Takeisha
Harden 0-1 2-2 2; Brittany Campbell 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 24-72 18-21 69.
Alfred State College..........   33   40  -   73
Mercyhurst NE.................   31   38  -   69
3-point goals--Alfred State College 3-10 (Brooks, Amie 3-6; Romero, Camille
0-3; Walton, Tiffany 0-1), Mercyhurst NE 3-19 (Darnesha Tomlinson 1-8; Paula
Harrison 1-6; Lenay Simms 1-1; Takeisha Harden 0-1; Brittany Campbell 0-1;
Johnesha Warren 0-2). Fouled out--Alfred State College-Hudson, Ardaisha,
Mercyhurst NE-None. Rebounds--Alfred State College 57 (Witchella, Haley 22),
Mercyhurst NE 43 (Johnesha Warren 12). Assists--Alfred State College 11
(Romero, Camille 5), Mercyhurst NE 13 (Lenay Simms 7). Total fouls--Alfred
State College 16, Mercyhurst NE 13. Technical fouls--Alfred State
College-None, Mercyhurst NE-TEAM.