LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Penn State Altoona women's basketball faced a challenging matchup on Tuesday evening, when the Lady Lions suffered an 82-49 loss to Division II opponent Lock Haven University in the Thomas Fieldhouse.
Penn State Altoona (1-2) was led in scoring by Sydney Snyder (New Enterprise, PA/Northern Bedford), who put up 14 points while tying for the team-high in rebounds with three. Alexis Cannistraci (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) added 11 points, three rebounds, and a team-best three steals.
Lock Haven (2-2) got a game-high 18 points from Marena Lonardi, as well as 14 points and 13 rebounds from Jaynelle Robinson and 12 points from Rileigh Devine.
Penn State Altoona struggled to find success early, combining for just 12 points in the game's first two quarters while shooting 15.6 percent from the field during that span.
Lock Haven opened the game on an 11-0 scoring run, en route to a 26-4 advantage by the end of the first quarter. The Bald Eagles outscored Penn State Altoona 12-8 in the second quarter, taking a 38-12 lead into the intermission.
In the third quarter, Lock Haven outscored Penn State Altoona 28-10. The Lady Lions had their best period of the night in the fourth, when they posted a 27-16 scoring advantage over the home team.
Snyder scored 12 of her 14 points during the fourth quarter, during which she went 4-for-7 from the field, including going 3-for-5 from three-point range. Cannistraci added seven points in the fourth quarter.
But Lock Haven saw its largest lead of the game early in the fourth, when Lonardi's jumper at 8:29 gave the Bald Eagles a 51-point advantage, 73-22.
Penn State Altoona women's basketball returns home for its next game, hosting Bethany College this Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m.