PITTSBURGH— Franciscan University's Lady Baron basketball team traveled to Chatham University Friday and Saturday to compete at the 5th Annual Purple Reign Tournament. Friday's game one on for the Lady Barons was a 62-54 loss versus Chatham, followed by a Saturday loss of 61-57 to Penn State Beaver. The Lady Barons now sit 0-3 overall on the season.
The 5th Annual Purple Reign Tournament is in honor of Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which aims for coaches to promote cancer awareness and an overall healthy lifestyle.
Friday evening the Lady Barons faced Chatham's Lady Cougars in the tip-off game. Franciscan scored 26 points in the first half, only five behind Chatham's 31. Top-scoring Lady Barons were sophomore Hannah Flanagan, a guard who scored five field goals out of her 23 attempts, and Lacey Huck, a freshman who also scored five field goals and made three free-throws. Flanagan also tallied two three-pointers and two out of two free-throws. Senior and captain, Christine Conrad, scored four field goals, one three-pointer, and seven free-throws.
Though the Lady Barons closed the scoring gap, the team worked hard to hold Chatham in second half scoring. The Lady Cougars added 31 more points for a final tally of 62, while Franciscan trailed close behind with 28 more points.
Saturday's game two for the Lady Barons versus Penn State Beaver was a closer game than Friday's. The Lady Barons trailed Beaver by four points in both halves: 29-25 at halftime and a final score of 61-57. Both teams scored 32 points in the second half.
Head coach Luke Heusel noted that the ladies played better during the second half, especially when it came to handling the ball.
Kristin Belleque scored five field goals out of 13 attempts, and eight out of nine free-throws. Flanagan added two three-pointers.
The Lady Barons host their next game on Tuesday, Nov. 22, as they take on non-conference opponent Penn State Fayette beginning at 8 p.m. Be sure to come out and cheer on the Lady Barons before leaving for Thanksgiving break!