Panthers Head To La Roche For Second-Straight Road Contest

Photo by Erika Helo
Photo by Erika Helo

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford women's basketball team will look for the season sweep of La Roche as it hits the road Saturday for an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference matchup.

The two teams met on Dec. 2 and the Panthers picked up a convincing 88-60 win over the Redhawks at the KOA Arena to earn their first AMCC win of the season.

Ali Rinfrette scored a game-high 23 points as part of a performance in which she became the Pitt-Bradford women's basketball all-time leading scorer. Jennifer Isenberg contributed 20 points herself. 

The Panthers are coming off a tough road setback Wednesday at Hilbert, the conference's top team, that snapped a three-game winning streak, 66-41.

Isenberg led Pitt-Bradford with 14 points and nine rebound while Rinfrette contributed 13 points.

With the loss, the Panthers evened their AMCC record to 5-5 and enter the weekend in fifth place in the conference.

Rinfrette continues to lead the conference in scoring with 21.1 points per game. She is the lone player in the AMCC to average over 20 points per game and ranks 14th in the country in scoring average. 

In addition to scoring, Rinfrette dishes 4.6 assists per game, which is the second-best average in the conference. She has also managed to stay on the court nearly as much as anyone else in the country. Her 39.2 minutes per game is tied for fourth nationally. 

The emergence of Isenberg as a dual-threat has been crucial to the Panthers' success. With 8.8 rebounds per game, the junior ranks fourth in the conference. On the offensive side of the ball, she is the Panthers' second-leading scorer at 12.6 points per game, elevating her scoring average from 9.8 points per game heading into the New Year. 

As a team, the Panthers score the third-most points in the conference at 69.3 points per game, the third-most in the AMCC. On defense, they have held opponents to 67.1 points per game.

Saturday's game will begin at 4 p.m. as the second game of a double-header with the men's game coming before at 2 p.m. 

About La Roche:

  • The La Roche Redhawks welcome the Panthers with an 8-8 overall record and 6-3 mark in conference play. The Redhawks sit in third place in the conference and have won two-straight games.
  • Darrian Johnson is the team's leading scorer and ranks fifth in the AMCC with 16.6 points per game. Johnson is also fifth in the conference with a 34.2 shot percentage on three-point field goals.
  • Jenna Cole averages 13.6 points per game and leads the conference in shot percentage at 52.8 percent.
  • Opponents outrebound the Redhawks, 40.4 boards per game to 38.8. The team's leading rebounder is Cole at 6.5 boards per game.