WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – With the help of 24 points and 11 rebounds from freshman Jamie Steer (South Williamsport), the Pennsylvania College of Technology women's basketball team defeated Penn State Hazleton 69-66 in the team's Penn State University Athletic Conference opener. The Wildcats were down 41-33 at halftime but came back with an offensive surge in the second to claim victory. Also notching a double-double was sophomore Jenna Matzinger (Coudersport) with both 15 points and rebounds while senior Kierstin Steer (South Williamsport) also had a strong night with 14 points. The win improves Penn College to 1-0 in conference and 3-3 overall.
Down the eight points at break, the Wildcats opened the second half with a 10-2 run, six from Matzinger, to tie it at 43-43. After 21 lead changes over the next 11 minutes, the Wildcats took a 67-66 lead off a jumper from Jamie Steer with just 16 seconds left. After a turnover, Hazleton was forced to foul sending Matzinger to the line who hit two free throws sealing the three point victory.
Matzinger finished the game with going an impressive 8-10 (.800) from the line and also helped her team with six assists.
Penn College got off to a rocky start in the first as Hazleton built to a 23-10 lead with just over 12 remaining. The Wildcats clawed their way back chipping away at the lead and bringing it to within two at 5:34 capped off by two free throws from Jamie Steer.
Also for the Wildcats, sophomore Mackenzie Brown (Lititz) had 11 rebounds.
Next up, Penn College travels to Penn State Mont Alto for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, Dec. 1.