Celtics smother Roaring Lions in USCAA matchup

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The Carlow women’s basketball team put together its best overall performance of the season in a decisive 82-39 victory against Penn State Beaver, on Tuesday, January 17, at Oakland Catholic High School.

Noelle Vallimont (JR/Erie, Pa.) led the Celtics (7-9/0-7/7-1) with the first double double of her career, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. She also added five assists and three steals and shot 62.5 percent from the floor (5 of 8), 100 percent from 3 (1 of 1) and 100 percent from the free-throw line (3 of 3).

After both teams got off to a slow 4-4 start, the Celtics went on a 16-3 run over the second half of the first quarter to finish the frame with a 20-7 lead. Carlow guard Reanna Turner (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) had 10 points in the quarter, and ended the contest with 15 points.

The Roaring Lions (19-10/13-1 PSUAC) began the second quarter with a run of their own, cutting the Carlow lead to 24-15, until a 3-point goal by Delaney Daly (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and a subsequent charge taken by Vallimont at the 5-minute mark returned the momentum to the Celtics, this time for good. Carlow held a 41-20 lead at halftime.

The Roaring Lions hit a free throw to open the second half. They did not score again until they hit another free throw with 42.3 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Celtics outscored Beaver, 26-2, in the quarter to bring their lead to 67-22.

Carlow cleared the bench and got contributions on the stat sheet from every player by the end of the contest. Alexis Yanief (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was team leader in scoring, with 16 points, and steals, with four. Sami Simpson (SO/Bethel Park, Pa.) made three blocks and the Celtics finished with eight.

It was Carlow’s highest scoring night of the season, topping a 78-point night against Penn State Greater Allegheny.

And the Celtics weren’t just high scoring, they were highly efficient. They shot 45.5 percent (30 of 66) from the floor – their second-best of the season – and 36.7 percent (11 of 33) from 3 – their third-best.

They also played their best scoring defense since the season opener, when they allowed just 34 points to Penn State Fayette. The Celtics held Beaver to 28.8 percent (15 of 52) shooting from the floor and 14.3 percent (1 of 7) from 3. Carlow forced Beaver into 29 turnovers, and made steals on 17 of those.

Carlow and PSU Beaver will play again February 9. The Celtics hit the road again and resume River States Conference play this Friday and Saturday, when they travel to Indiana University Southeast and Brescia University.

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