MEDIA, Pa. – Penn State Brandywine outscored Penn State DuBois 45-33 during the second half to claim a 79-70 Penn State University Athletic Conference women's basketball victory, its third straight, on Friday night.
Amanda Floyd (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) and Nikki Velez (Gloucester, N.J./Gloucester City) powered the offense as Floyd matched her career best with 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting and Velez added 19 points. Floyd and Velez each handed out five assists, while Dana D'Ambrosio (Secane, Pa./Ridley) dished out six helpers, pulled down seven rebounds and collected six steals during her season debut.
The Lions faced a three-point deficit at the half and continued to trail late into the third quarter until Dana D'Ambrosio's layup capped a run of six-straight Brandywine points, putting the Lions on top 48-47.
DuBois used a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter to jump back in front, but Floyd and Velez took over for the Lions, combining for Brandywine's next 16 points as the Lions pulled away. Floyd tied the score with a layup before Velez drilled her first of three fourth-quarter triples, starting a run of seven consecutive Brandywine points.
Velez buried a three-pointer and Floyd tacked on a layup to give Brandywine a 67-59 edge with three minutes to go. Two minutes later, Madison D'Ambrosio's bucket gave Brandywine its largest lead of the night at 71-62. The Lions made 8-of-10 free throws during the final 44 seconds to secure the win.
Early in the game, Velez scored five consecutive points with two free throws and a three-pointer to put Brandywine on top 11-7 midway through the first quarter, but DuBois answered with six-straight points to go back in front.
The visitors led 18-14 after 10 minutes and extended the margin to seven points following Morgan Silvis' jumper with 4:03 to go in the first half. Erin Michael (Brookhaven, Pa./Sun Valley) brought the Lions within four with a basket at the 2:30 mark and 67 seconds later, Floyd trimmed the deficit to three with a triple, sending the teams into halftime with a count of 37-34.
Brandywine shot 43 percent from the floor and 15-of-20 free throws, while DuBois connected on just 9-of-20 free throw attempts. The Lions also forced 24 turnovers, scoring 23 points off DuBois' miscues.
Brandywine (4-3, 3-1 PSUAC) continues its weekend Saturday afternoon versus Penn State Greater Allegheny at 1:00 pm.