Lady Lions Collect First Ever Win Over Tough Lady Golden Bears

By Taron Jordan
The lady lions collected their first win of the season as they fought back against the Lady Golden bears of Kutztown University 68-60 at Manuel Rivero Hall.  It also marked the first time that the team beat them in their history of playing against each other.
Leading the way for the lady lions was sophomore guard Cynthia Johnson, who poured in a career high 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting and going 8-of-13 from the free throw line.  Johnson also did her best filling the stat sheet with five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block.
“We knew that this was our game,” said Johnson.  “Everyone had a goal, and throughout the day we made sure that we as a team would stick to them.  My goal for the day was defense.  We talked all day about defense, so I know that I would accomplish my goal especially with support of my teammates.”
The lady lions opened the game on a 9-2 run with 8:58 left in the first half finished by a three-pointer by senior forward Tahlar McIntosh.  During that time, the lady golden bears didn’t score a point until the 13:33 mark, a total time of 6:27.
Even with the lady lions jumping to a lead as high as eight, the lady golden bears stormed back into the game by using an 18-9 run with 4:18 remaining in the first half finished by a jumper by sophomore guard Aly York.  This gave the lady golden bears their first lead that they would keep going into the deep second half.
“The energy tonight was something I have not seen in my time at Lincoln,” Lady Lions head coach Jessica Kern said. “Tonight was very important because you preach to the kids every day about sticking to something and having pride in what you do. We have had so many close games, so being able to rally and get the win was very important.
The difference in tonight’s game for the lady lions would have to be their free throws.
For the first time this young season, the lady lions took more free throws, 28 compared to 7 for the lady golden bears.  They converted 19 of them, compared to 5 for the lady golden bears.
The lady lions continue to get solid bench play from the likes of McIntosh and sophomore guard Alaysia Washington.  Washington played 13 minutes, 10 of them coming in the second half at a crucial time with the lady lions down by as much as seven before she entered at the 12:41 mark.  Washington drained back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game at 42-all with 10:53 to go.
“When I got my chance to get in the game, I just thought to myself, I’m going to start with defense, said Washington.  Offense is something that comes to you and you can’t control it.  Defense can be control and if you are getting it on that end, the offense will flow to you.  Once I had the hot hand, I feel like my energy spread to the team, shots started to fall and we also started to make more and more stops on the defensive end.”
The lady lions then pulled away behind a 15-7 run that concluded with a Johnson layup and 4:17 on the clock.
Senior guard Denyse Moore, who came in averaging 21.8 points, which was tied for third in the conference overall had a poor shooting night going 4-for-14 for 11 points.  She also had an uncharacteristic five turnovers to only one assist.  Senior center Mfon Ekanem was her typically defensive stalwart as she had a game-high nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks.  The steals and blocks were a season high for Ekanem.
Leading the way for the lady golden bears was Ashley Wood with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and a game-high nine turnovers.
Next up for the Lady Lions is road contest in Sparkill, NY as the take on Saint Thomas Aquinas College on December, 5 2012.  The game is scheduled to start at 5:30 pm.

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