Brandywine Falls At Rosemont In Season Opener

Nikki Velez
Nikki Velez

ROSEMONT, Pa. – The Penn State Brandywine women's basketball team suffered a 78-61 setback during their season-opening game at Rosemont College on Saturday afternoon.

The first quarter belonged to Brandywine as the Lions led by as many as six points following a pair of free throws from Brandi James (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) at the midway point of the period and owned a 20-16 edge at the conclusion of the stanza.

However, the second quarter went Rosemont's way. The Ravens netted the first seven points of the stanza and pushed their lead to nine points at 39-30 by halftime.

Rosemont's lead reached double figures for the first time early in the third quarter, but Brandywine battled back, using free throws from Nikki Velez (Gloucester, N.J./Gloucester City) and Dana D'Ambrosio (Secane, Pa./Ridley) to reduce the deficit to 45-38.

The Lions trailed 60-49 entering the final period, but Rosemont pulled away by netting the first 10 points of the quarter to secure control of the game.

Brandywine shot 37 percent from the field, but was undone by 28 turnovers. Rosemont held a 41-32 edge on the boards and pulled in 16 offensive rebounds.

D'Ambrosio paced Brandywine in her first collegiate game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. James added a team-best 11 boards and eight points, while Velez posted 13 points.

Brandywine is back in action Monday night at Lancaster Bible beginning at 7:00 pm.