LOCK HAVEN - Persistence paid off for the Lock Haven women's basketball team on Wednesday night.
With Slippery Rock hanging around for much of the first 30 minutes, the Lady Eagles steadily pulled away in the second half en route to a 74-62 win.
"Any time we can get a win over a team from the West, it is good for the program," said Lock Haven coach Jennifer Smith. "Going into to (last night's) game, Slippery Rock actually had a better conference record than we did. We needed it (the win) in a lot of ways and we had it on the board as one of the things we have to do. We did it and now we have Edinboro so we have to remain focused to pick up some wins here and there to make the playoffs."
The Lady Eagles opened up leads of six and five points during the first eight minutes of the game, but The Rock had an answer each time to keep the game close.
Leading by one, the Lady Eagles gained a little separation from The Rock as they closed the first half with an 8-2 run for a 35-28 lead.
"We turned the ball over a lot in the first half, especially in a game where there wasn't a whole lot of pressure," said Smith. "We had twelve turnovers in the first half and we talked about that at halftime. I told them they had a maximum they were allowed in the second half and they kept it under with five. That was a big thing for us to allow us to separate ourselves from them."
The Lady Eagles had balanced scoring as Marrysa Moyer and Kelsey Ryan both had double-doubles.
Moyer finished with a dozen points and 14 rebounds, while Ryan totaled 12 points and 10 boards. Kacie Hershey added 13 points and J. J. Hilliard contributed a game-high 17 points.
With team leader Emily Daugherty on the sidelines nursing an injury, Moyer felt she had to step up.
"With Emily out I just feel that I need to step up and tonight I was able to step up and play hard to do my part," Moyer said. "We definitely miss Emily being in there because she is an outstanding role player and means a lot to this team. As the other starting guard, I just feel it is my responsibility to step up and do what I can do."
The Lady Eagles host Edinboro at 1 p.m. Saturday.
SLIPPERY ROCK (4-10, 3-7 PSAC)
CHAMBERS, D'Asia 6-14 3-6 15; AIELLO, Erica 6-10 1-1 13; ALADENOYE, Simone 4-8 4-4 12; BROWN, Alexas 4-9 1-2 10; CUNNINGHAM, Erinne 2-9 0-0 5; GARROUTTE, Danielle 1-3 2-2 4; VITEZ, Emilee 1-2 0-3 2; HARDIMAN, Megan 0-0 1-2 1; WODARCZYK, Christa 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-55 12-20 62.
LOCK HAVEN (6-8, 3-7 PSAC)
HILLIARD, J.J. 7-11 3-4 17; HERSHEY, Kacie 4-9 5-6 13; RYAN, Kelsey 5-11 2-3 12; MOYER, Marrysa 3-10 6-6 12; LANE, Sami 4-7 1-2 9; GILDEA, Hannah 1-7 2-2 5; BERRY, Adrianna 2-5 0-0 4; DAUGHERTY, Emily 1-1 0-0 2; BAIR, Kristi 0-0 0-0 0; McDANIEL, Syvae 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 19-23 74.
Halftime - Lock Haven 35-28. 3-point goals--Slippery Rock 2-7 (BROWN 1-1; CUNNINGHAM 1-5; CHAMBERS 0-1), Lock Haven 1-14 (GILDEA 1-4; RYAN 0-1; MOYER 0-4; BERRY 0-1; HILLIARD 0-4). Fouled out-- HERSHEY. Rebounds--Slippery Rock 24 (VITEZ 7), Lock Haven 46 (MOYER 14). Assists--Slippery Rock 7 (CUNNINGHAM 3), Lock Haven 12 (MOYER 4). Total fouls--Slippery Rock 17, Lock Haven 19. Technical fouls-- None. A-167