Panthers Look For Third-Straight Win At Franciscan

Photo by Erika Helo
Photo by Erika Helo

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford women's basketball team will look to win its third-straight game as the Panthers head to Franciscan for an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contest Saturday.

It is hard to imagine a better stretch of games for senior Ali Rinfrette, who last Saturday became the Panthers' all-time leading scorer after a team-best 23-point performance in a victory over La Roche, and on Wednesday led the Panthers to a win at Chatham with 38 points to tie both her career high and her own Pitt-Bradford single-game record.

Rinfrette is now the conference's leading scorer with 23.2 points per game and she has the fifth-best field-goal percentage at 45.9 percent. 

In addition to being the top scorer on the team, Rinfrette is very involved in other aspects of the Panthers' success, dishing a team-high 5.5 assists per game and pulling down the second-most rebounds at 6.2 boards per game.

Pitt-Bradford holds the top offense in the AMCC, averaging 71.5 points per game, the only team in the conference averaging more than 70 points per game.

Shirleah Ragin (13.0 points per game) and Shaelyn Snipes (10.0 points per game) also average in double-figures and are keys to Pitt-Bradford's high-powered offense.

In Wednesday's win, Aria Alston-Smith grabbed seven steals for a Panthers' season high. Alston-Smith now averages 2.7 steals per game, the fifth-best mark in the conference.

As a team, Pitt-Bradford grabs 9.8 steals per game and forces 17.8 turnovers to opponents. With 8.7 takeaways against and 16.3 turnovers per game, the Panthers steal more and force more turnovers than their opponents. 

Saturday's game will be the second of a doubleheader with the men's game, which tips off at 2 p.m. Tipoff for the women's game will be around 4 p.m. 

About Franciscan:

  • The Franciscan Barons welcome the Panthers still in search of their first victory of the season with an 0-5 mark overall and 0-3 in AMCC games.
  • As a team, the Barons average 37.2 points per game, with a season-high of 57 coming in a 73-57 loss La Roche (Nov. 29).
  • Despite lopsided scores so far this season, Franciscan competes on the boards, holding a -3.8 rebounding margin. The team's top rebounder is Cianna Vaughan at 8.0 boards per game. Kaitlyn Sonneberger (7.3 rebounds per game) and Rhiannon Brodbine (6.0 rebounds per game) are also top rebounders on the team.
  • Raegan Stead played her first game of the season in the team's most recent contest and scored 11 points in 31 minutes on the floor. Of the players that have competed in all five games, Rebekah Nevarez is the top scorer with 7.0 points per game.