Barons drop home doubleheader

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville basketball teams dropped a doubleheader to Penn State-Behrend Saturday in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference action Saturday inside the Finnegan Fieldhouse.

“We played aggressively on the defensive end but weren’t able to translate that consistency to our offensive game,” women’s head coach Suzy Delaney said after the 58-31 defeat. “We weren’t able to finish even though we did get some good shots and take some good shots.”

The Lady Barons shot 24 percent from the field.

“It’s hard to gain momentum when you’re having a rough shooting night,” Delaney said. “So I think as hard as we were working on defense we still weren’t able to nail our shots.”

FUS sophomore Helen Raines and freshman Monica Dawyot finished with four and three steals, respectively. Dawyot led the Barons with 10 points.

“Helen played some pretty solid defense that showed up in those four steals. She and Monica are pretty consistent for the team,” Delaney said. “Some of their steals helped to make some key stops on defense for us.”

The teams combined to commit 49 turnovers.

“We get to play again tomorrow and we look forward to another conference game,” Delaney said. “We will continue to improve and move forward in the conference season and get better each time we take the court.”

The men dropped a 65-26 outcome.

“Tonight it was just about a joint-team defensive effort and while it was unfortunate that we weren’t able to put the ball in the hole, it wasn’t by a lack of trying. It just wasn’t our night for the ball to fall,” head coach John Lamanna said. “I would have liked to have had a better offensive game, but this is part of our growth as a team.”

The Barons were plagued throughout the game by turnovers, which resulted in fast-break offensive plays and the majority of Behrend’s point.

Lamanna was pleased, however, with the defense’s response to Behrend.

“We’ve proven prior to this game that we’re capable of scoring more than 26 points, so we already know the offense can click, but this is the first time we’ve put a full forty minute game together defensively,” Lamanna said. “We have specific defensive goals and we really achieved a few of those that we have not been able to achieve all season.”

One such highlight was 6’7″, freshman forward Joseph Rine’s three blocks. Rine is ranked second in NCAA Division III basketball in blocks, helping put the team 13th in the nation in blocks out of 408 teams.

“It’s very exciting to see that finally the defense has started to click a bit,” Lamanna said. “Now, it’s a matter of bringing this together and that’s part of the process. It’s not going to come at once. It’s going to come in pieces and that gap will slowly get bridged. This was the first game we’re experienced that gap slowly closing, regardless of the point spread.”

The Lady Barons (3-9, 2-3) host the University of Pitt-Bradford at 1 p.m. today, while the men tip-off at 3 p.m.