By Hannah Brown, Student Reporter
Although central Pennsylvania was covered in snow on Sunday morning, that didn't stop the women’s team from traveling to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take on Pratt Institute. Coming off a big win Friday, when the Lady Knights won by nearly 50, the squad was excited to keep the momentum going, which is exactly what they did.
Uptempo offense and intense defense have been key factors for the Lady Knights’s success this season, and they both were on ample display against the Pratt Cannoneers.
The Lady Knights started strong, holding the Cannoneers to only eight points in the first quarter while putting 22 points on the scoreboard. This tempo continued as Central Penn played a quick transition game, getting a majority of their points from early opportunities.
The Cannoneers gained some momentum in the second and third quarter; however, their efforts were simply not enough to match the scoring being done by the Lady Knights, putting up double digits each quarter.
Guard Ja’Lynn Burton-Jones finished the game with 44 points, shooting an impressive 76% from the field (19 for 25), including 4 for 6 from behind the three point line. She also grabbed 11 rebounds. A double double is nothing new to Jones either, who is currently averaging over 30 points and 10 rebounds a game this season.
When asked about her performance, Jones’ response was nothing less than humble, saying: “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. If it weren’t for my teammates, I wouldn’t be the player that I am. It is a matter of playing with heart and proving what we have to prove.”
As she said, Jones could not have done it alone. Jahrae Patterson contributed nine points, with Kiera White chipping in eight coming off the bench. Playmaker Leana Borreli racked up eight assists in the victory. Central Penn shot an overall 55% from the floor, one of the highest percentages yet this season.
The Lady Knights are currently on a three-game win streak, finishing off the first week of the term with two great team wins. They will travel down south this coming weekend to take on Stratford University on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. and Mid-Atlantic Christian on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.
The next home game for the Lady Knights will be Thursday, Jan. 24, against Alfred State College at 8 pm.