Houghton Tops Panthers In Season Opener Friday

Houghton Tops Panthers In Season Opener Friday

HOUGHTON, N.Y. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford women's basketball team opened its 2018-19 season Friday with a road non-conference contest at Houghton.

The Highlanders defeated the Panthers, 70-53, in the season opener.

"Tough start for us tonight," Head Coach Sharay Hall said. "We are a brand new team and it'll take a few games to get adjusted. But we have a quick turnaround and we're ready and focused to bounce back for tomorrow's game."

Etreece Adams led the team with 12 points and Jennifer Isenberg dropped 11 points. Adams also pulled in seven boards.


The Highlanders got off to a hot start, opening with a 14-4 lead in the first period.

Pitt-Bradford went on a run of its own and tightened the deficit to 16-14, but it would be unable to take the lead and Houghton took a 20-14 lead into the second period.

The second period belonged to Houghton as the Highlanders went up 15 points late, but a pair of Shirleah Ragin free throws in the closing seconds sent Houghton into the break with a 39-26 lead.

Houghton continued to build its lead in the third, opening up a 22-point lead at one point.

But the Panthers fought back, winning the fourth period.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Shaelyn Snipes and Isenberg highlighted a 10-0 run that brought the deficit to single digits, 56-47, with 6:31 left.

But, despite the Panthers winning the quarter, 18-16, Houghton would hold off the Panthers and go onto take the 70-53 victory.

As a team, the Panthers shot 37.5 percent from the floor.

Houghton outrebounded the Panthers, 49-25.

Up next, Pitt-Bradford will host Chatham for its home opener Saturday at the KOA Arena at 3 p.m.