The Carlow women’s basketball team earned its first win of the season in its home opener Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Celtics defeated USCAA rival Penn State Beaver, 69-38.
It was also the first win for new Carlow head coach Tim Moore, and it came against a familiar opponent. Moore spent the past six seasons as the head coach at Penn State Beaver, guiding the Lady Lions to the USCAA National Championship in 2015.
Emma Stille (SO/Columbus, Ohio) posted her first double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and 14 rebounds to go with three blocks and two assists in three quarters of play. Kayla Brownlee (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored 14 points and dished four assists for the Celtics (1-2/0-0/1-0).
The Celtics opened the game with an aggressive full-court press, forcing Beaver (0-5) into several early turnovers and converting those to a 12-3 lead. However, the Lady Lions gathered their composure and mounted a comeback, primarily by drawing fouls on Carlow and making free throws, to trail, 20-17, at the end of the first quarter.
Chanel Sparks (SR/Columbia, Md.) gave the Celtics a boost at the start of the second quarter, netting five of her 10 points as part of a 9-0 Carlow run resulting in a 29-17 advantage with five minutes left in the half.
With Beaver working for the last shot of the half, Sparks grabbed a steal that led to a Carlow fast break. Stille collected an offensive rebound on the possession and drew a shooting foul at the buzzer. With no time on the clock, she drained both her free-throws in front of a yelling Beaver bench to send Carlow to halftime with a 36-25 lead.
From there, it was all Carlow. The Celtics opened the second half with renewed defensive pressure, leading to a 22-4 run. Stille could not be stopped, as she scored six of her points in the third quarter to lead Carlow to a 58-30 lead going into the final frame.
Carlow rolled in the fourth quarter, as all 11 Celtics who played got on the scoreboard. The Celtics posted their best offensive effort of the season, shooting 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3. They also got 12 points off turnovers and 13 points of second chances. The Carlow bench outscored Beaver’s bench 34-10.
Brittany Jackson led Beaver with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Celtics next host WVU Tech, in their first River States Conference matchup of the season, on Nov. 29, at 6pm.