Youthful Jackets drop season opener

Waynesburg falls to Penn State-Behrend

The Waynesburg Yellow Jackets women’s basketball team fell to Penn State Behrend Lions in the first game of the 2019-20 season Friday night.

The Jackets started out slow, trailing for most of the first half. The Lady J’s were down 27-17 in the second quarter but went on a 10 point run to tie the game at 27. The two teams went into the half tied at 35. 

Waynesburg took advantage at the free throw line, going 12 for 14 for just over 85 percent. The team’s ability to hit field goal and three points suffered significantly, however. The Jackets were 10 for 28 in field goals, and 3-10 from three point range.

Transfer-student Alli Delany led the Jackets with eight points at halftime

 and Alanna Dibble led the Lions in points with nine at halftime.Penn State Behrend made 47 percent of its field goals, going 15 for 32. The team was also 1-4  in three pointers, and 4-6 from the line. 

The second half saw the Lions pull away late in the game. Although the Jackets led 53-51 at the end of the third quarter, they would fall to the Lions by a score of 83-74.

Head Coach Sam Jones talked about the team saw plenty of good to take away from the loss, and felt that Waynesburg’s youth was a disadvantage late in the game.

 “I saw a lot of really positive things,” he said. The second half we definitely showed our age,” Jones said. “We made some silly, sloppy mistakes that we won’t make later in the year. Overall, I was definitely pleased with the effort. I thought we did a lot of things really well, we just need to clean a few things up.”

Waynesburg continued to dominate the free throw line going 26-31, but the team didn’t shoot well from the field, shooting just 35 percent. Long range shots were hard to come by as well, with the team going 6 for 20.

Junior guard Andrea Orlosky led the Jackets in points with 15, and freshman forward Zoie Smith had a great start to her colligate career, putting up a double-double with 12 points, and 10 rebounds.

With just 10 women on the roster and four freshmen, Jones is confident things will be smoother when those players are more experienced. 

“They stayed positive the whole time,” Jones said. “We really just got frantic and started hurrying with six minutes left like there was one minute left, and just needed to take a deep breath, but that will come with experience. We just need to settle down and relax and understand that we know what we are doing, and we will be alright if we do it.”