MONT ALTO, Pa. – The Penn State Mont Alto women's basketball team scored the first basket of the night and never looked back as it topped Central Penn College 66-41 on Tuesday evening. Alexis Shaffer (South Hagerstown / Hagerstown, Md.) and Charity Miller (Greencastle, Pa. / James Buchanan) each had a double-double for the Nittany Lions with Shaffer going for a game-high 24 points and 16 rebounds with Miller adding 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Alexis Shaffer (South Hagerstown / Hagerstown, Md.) has now recorded a double-double in four-straight games as she shot 60% (9-for-15) from the field and added six points from the free throw line in 29 minutes off the bench. Charity Miller's (Greencastle, Pa. / James Buchanan) 20-point effort marked a season-high as she is averaging 15.8 points per game.
Miller scored the first basket of the game on a second-chance bucket as the Nittany Lions jumped out to a 14-4 advantage in the first quarter. The second quarter was more of the same as they out-scored the Knights 17-7 and went into halftime leading 31-11. Mont Alto's defense held Central Penn to 14% (4-for-14) from the field while creating 10 turnovers within the half.
The Lions cruised through the second half enroute to the victory as adding to the team effort was junior guard Karley Coleman (Hanover, Pa. / Delone Catholic) who nearly had her first colligate triple-double. The Delone Catholic product scored nine points added 11 assists and had 10 rebounds. Backcourt mate Julianne Noveras (Gaithersburg, Md. / Gaithersburg) scored seven points and had seven boards of her own to contribute to the 58-32 advantage in rebounds that Mont Alto had.
Tuesday evenings win improved Mont Alto to 2-3 on the season as the team will be off for a week for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Lions return to action on Tuesday, November 28 for a home game at 6 p.m. with Christendom College.