BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford women's basketball team will look for its fourth-straight win as Mount Aloysius comes to the KOA Arena Saturday for an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference matchup.
Saturday's action will be the first for the Panthers since Dec. 9 after spending the week wrapping up the 2017 Fall semester with final exams.
Pitt-Bradford picked up a win in its most recent contest, a convincing 82-43 victory at Franciscan on Dec. 9.
While the Panthers scored 80+ points for the third time this season, it was the Pitt-Bradford defense that shined on Saturday, forcing 35 Franciscan turnovers and turning those takeaways into 34 points.
As part of the strong defensive performance, Ali Rinfrette grabbed seven steals while Aria Alston-Smith had five. Rinfrette (3.1 steals per game) and Alston-Smith (3.0 steals per game) lead Pitt-Bradford in steals and are fourth and fifth in the conference, respectively.
In addition to her tough defense, Rinfrette is also the top scorer in the conference at 22.4 points per game after an enormous week of scoring that included a 38-point outburst in last Wednesday's win at Chatham.
For her stellar week, Rinfrette was named the AMCC's Player of the Week.
Brittany Button has emerged as a key presence in the post for the Panthers as her 60.0 shot percentage leads the AMCC. Button dropped a career-high 13 points in Pitt-Bradford's win at Franciscan.
Jennifer Isenberg remains Pitt-Bradford's top rebounder with 7.1 boards per game, the eighth-best average in the conference.
Saturday's game is set to tip at 3 p.m. and will serve as the second game of a doubleheader with the men's team.
About Mount Aloysius:
- The Mount Aloysius Mounties come into the KOA Arena with a 5-2 overall record and a blemish-free 3-0 mark in AMCC games. The Mounties are the lone team left in the conference with a perfect mark in AMCC games. At 3-1, Hilbert is tied with them for total conference wins.
- So far this season, the Mounties have earned AMCC wins against D'Youville (Dec. 2), Pitt-Greensburg (Dec. 6) and Penn State-Behrend (Dec. 9). Mount Aloysius holds a +21.0 scoring margin over conference opponents so far this season.
- Mount Aloysius trails only the Panthers (73.0) in points per game at 71.6. On the defensive side of the ball, the Mounties hold the second-best scoring defense as opponents score just 61.6 points per contest. Also second-best in the conference is the 35.0 percentage opponents shoot from the floor against the Mounties.
- Jessa Wright is the Mounties' top scorer at 14.9 points per game, which ranks sixth in the AMCC. Wright is also the third-best rebounder in the AMCC at 9.0 boards per contest and has made the most three-pointers on the team with 19. Abby Kulick also averages a double-figure scoring total at 11.0 points per game.