#5 Warriors head to #4 Mustangs in CC playoff opener

courtesy athletics.lycoming.edu

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – For the second straight year, the Lycoming College women’s basketball team will enter the Commonwealth Conference Tournament as the No. 5 seed, as it heads to No. 4 Stevenson for a 7 p.m. clash on Monday, Feb. 24.

The Warriors (13-11 overall, 10-8 Commonwealth) enter the tournament as the second-hottest team in the field, having won four games in a row, dating back to a narrow four-point loss to Stevenson on Feb. 8. The team is led by one of the best players in the league in senior Julia Antonelli, who is fifth in the league in scoring (14.6) and third in rebounding (9.2).

The Mustangs (13-12 overall, 11-7 Commonwealth) have lost three of four  since that win over Lycoming, dropping games to No. 3 seed Messiah, No. 1 seed Lebanon Valley and No. 2 seed Elizabethtown.

Warrior Notes
• The Warriors are looking for their first postseason win since a 63-44 win over Susquehanna in the MAC quarterfinals in 1997.

• The Warriors are making a second straight appearance in the Commonwealth Conference Tournament, marking the first time since 1997-98 that the team will make back-to-back playoff appearances.

• With 1,160 career points, senior Julia Antonelli needs two to tie Diane Arpert (1981-85) for fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list.

• With 744 career rebounds, Antonelli needs 12 more to tie Lyndy LeVan (1999-03) for second on the school’s all-time list.

• Junior Ali Derr needs 19 points to reach 500 in her career and one rebound to reach 300.

• Sophomore Olivia Manges needs to make two more 3-pointers to become the 18th player in school history to make 50 in a career.

• The Warriors held Hood to 19 percent from the floor on Feb. 22, the lowest shooting percentage in Commonwealth play this year.