Alvernia women's basketball earns big win over rival Albright

Jan. 6—Alvernia women's basketball earned its first conference victory of the season in resounding fashion on Saturday.

The Golden Wolves defeated rival Albright 80-62 in a Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth women's basketball game at Jack McCloskey Court.

"It was nice to see that our team was able to put 40 full minutes together," Alvernia coach Rayne deMarteleire said. "We've seemed to, this year, not have a complete game, so it was nice, in a rivalry game, to finally put a full 40 minutes together."

Alvernia (1-1, 9-4) shot 47.6 percent from the field and 56.5 percent from beyond the arc, while the Lions (0-2, 3-10) shot just 32.9 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from deep. The Golden Wolves had 17 fast-break points to earn their third win over Albright in the last four meetings.

"It means a lot," guard Tamia Wessels said. "We had to jump back from the loss we (suffered) at York."

Wessels led all scorers with 22 points and also had nine rebounds. The graduate student was 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.

"Tamia, all year, has been a steady force for us," deMarteleire said. "She really has stepped up as a fifth-year to make sure that her presence is known on the court."

Fellow guard Jordan Karmonick had 19 points and nine rebounds. The senior led the Golden Wolves with five 3-pointers.

The two sides played an even first quarter, with Alvernia holding a 16-12 lead after 10 minutes. The action was clean, as there was only one foul called in the first quarter.

The Golden Wolves took control of the game in the second quarter, going on an 11-0 run. From there, Alvernia never looked back, outscoring Albright 64-50 over the final 30 minutes of play.

"We really locked in on our defense," deMarteleire said. "We were able to stop the penetration and not (allow) those lobs into their post players."

The Golden Wolves led 39-25 at the half and 65-43 after three quarters. Saturday marked the fourth time in which Alvernia scored 80 or more points this season and the victory was its fourth in its last six games.

"It's definitely going to build our confidence," Wessels said. "We definitely have to keep going hard at practice."

On the flip side, the Lions have dropped seven straight and nine of their last 10 after starting the season 2-1. They were led on Saturday by Gov. Mifflin graduate Shakyla Mayo, as the freshman guard finished with a career-high 13 points.

"We raised the bar in our defensive performance and we need to keep it there," deMarteleire said. "We saw that we can put a full 40 minutes together, and that's what it's going to take to win in our conference."