Penn State Lehigh Valley athletic update

Lorie Khalil
February 13, 2019

Women's basketball wins 17 straight on Senior Night, flies by Penn State York, 94-46

The Penn State Lehigh Valley women's basketball team won its 17th straight game against visiting Penn State York, 94-46, on Feb. 6 at DeSales University on Senior Night. Kion Andrews led the way with 17 points. Junior Ebony Sanders had yet another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. First-year student Jah'nel Oliver added 15 points and lone senior Gia Erie had a season-high 11 points.

The Athletics Department honored Erie in between games. Erie has been an intricate member of the women's basketball program for four seasons, compiling a win-loss total of 71 wins and 20 losses thus far. Erie has started in 71 of 85 career games in a Penn State Lehigh Valley jersey. Erie has compiled 596 points and 583 rebounds thus far in her career and has one of the highest shooting percentages on the team, shooting 43 percent from the floor. In each of Erie's seasons, the team has qualified for the Penn State University Athletic Conference playoffs, including an appearance in the PSUAC championship game in her junior season and the USCAA Division 2 national runners-up in her sophomore season. Erie was named PSUAC All-Academic two times. Erie will graduate from Penn State with a degree in rehabilitation and human services and hopes to pursue a career in social work, working with children who have disabilities, after graduation. Erie is a native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Freedom High School.

group shot of women's basketball team with guest coach

Lecturer of Rehabilitation and Human Services at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Teri Kistler, served as the team’s guest coach on Jan. 30.  

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Jeremiah Jenkins hits game-winning 3-pointer to lead men's basketball to thrilling win over Penn State York, 65-64

With 4.4 seconds left in the game, first-year student Maihan Ramin found senior Jeremiah Jenkins in the corner, and Jenkins splashed a 3-pointer to give the Penn State Lehigh Valley men's basketball team a one-point lead, 65-64, over visiting Penn State York Wednesday evening at DeSales University. York would have the last possession, but sophomore Lewis Hargett would steal the ball and give Penn State Lehigh Valley its sixth win of the season and a 5-9 overall record in the PSUAC. 

Lehigh Valley was down 27-17 at the half, but good defensive intensity sparked a 48-37 second half really. Jenkins led the way with 23 points and sophomore Eric Johnson added 16 points. The Athletics Department honored three men's basketball seniors, Eric Gainor, James Middleton and Jeremiah Jenkins. 

Gainor has been a member of the men's basketball program for three seasons, transferring in from Montgomery County Community College. Gainor has compiled a total of 182 points thus far. Gainor has started in 13 games and has been a key reserve coming off the bench for Lehigh Valley. In his first year and sophomore season, he helped the team to PSUAC playoff berths. Gainor was named to the PSUAC All-Academic one time. Gainor will graduate with a degree in rehabilitation and human services and hopes to play overseas after graduation. He is a graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia.

Middleton has been a member of the program for two seasons after transferring in from Northampton Community College. Middleton has started 29 out of 34 games in a Penn State Lehigh Valley jersey, compiling a total of 351 points thus far. He is currently second on the team in points per game, averaging 12.4. In his junior season, he helped his team to a spot in the PSUAC playoffs. Middletown will graduate with a degree in rehabilitation and human services. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, Middleton is a graduate of Easton High School.

Jenkins has been a member of the program for two seasons, transferring in from Central Carolina Community College. Jenkins, who is known for his scoring ability, is currently leading the team and the PSUAC in scoring average at 20.9 points per game. He has compiled 652 points thus far and recently became the second men’s basketball player and fifth Lehigh Valley player overall to surpass the 1,000-point milestone. Jenkins has started 37 out of 38 career games in a Penn State Lehigh Valley jersey. In his junior season, he helped the team to a spot in the PSUAC playoffs. Jenkins will graduate Penn State with a degree in psychology and hopes to work in a mental hospital after graduation. He hails from Sanford, North Carolina, and is a graduate from Overhills High School. 

Men's basketball trips up against Penn State Greater Allegheny, 93-60

The Penn State Lehigh Valley men's basketball team fell to host Penn State Greater Allegheny, 93-60, in Day 1 of their western Pennsylvania trip on Feb. 1. Senior Jeremiah Jenkins led the way for Lehigh Valley with 16 points. Sophomore Lewis Hargett chipped in with 13 points.

Kion Andrews named PSUAC women’s basketball Player of the Week for second time

Penn State Lehigh Valley first-year student Kion Andrews led Lehigh Valley to a perfect 3-0 week as the Lions extended their division lead. Andrews led the way with a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds in a 105-66 win over Penn State Hazleton. Andrews would then improve upon that performance with a triple-double, recording 35 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a 104-78 win over Penn State Greater Allegheny. She capped the week with 29 points in an 89-64 win over DuBois, helping Lehigh Valley win its 16th straight game and remain unbeaten in the PSUAC. Andrews received PSUAC Player of the Week on Dec. 18, 2018, as well.

Women's basketball wins 16 straight, blowing by Penn State DuBois, 89-64

The Penn State Lehigh Valley women's basketball team won its 16th straight game with an 89-64 win over host Penn State DuBois on Feb. 2. Lehigh Valley remains the only unbeaten team in the PSUAC and has not lost a nonconference or conference game dating back to Nov. 17. With the win, Penn State Lehigh Valley improves to 17-2 overall. 

First-year student Kion Andrews exploded for a game-high 29 points. First-year student Jah'nel Oliver added her career-high 21 points and junior Ebony Sanders recorded another double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Men's basketball flies by Penn State DuBois, 83-54

The Penn State Lehigh Valley men's basketball team picked up its fifth win with an 83-54 victory over host Penn State DuBois on Saturday afternoon. The men's team improved to 4-9 in PSUAC play. 

First-year student Brandon Purrone led the way for Penn State Lehigh Valley with 22 points. Senior Jeremiah Jenkins added 21 points and sophomore Lewis Hargett chipped in with 19 points. 

Women's basketball wins 15 straight, drives by Penn State Greater Allegheny, 104-78  

The Penn State Lehigh Valley women's basketball kept its win streak alive by downing host Penn State Greater Allegheny, 104-78, to win its 15th straight game. With the win, Penn State Lehigh Valley improves to 16-2 overall and remains unbeaten in the PSUAC.

First-year student Kion Andrews recorded her first career triple double with 35 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Junior Ebony Sanders continued her paint dominance adding a double-double as well with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore Rebecca Fuehrer added a career-high 20 points off the bench and first-year student Ally Quinn chipped in with 13 points.

two men playing basketball

Penn State Lehigh Valley fell to Penn State Hazleton on Jan. 30.

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Men's basketball falls to Penn State Hazleton, 73-61 

The Penn State Lehigh Valley men's basketball team fell to visiting Penn State Hazleton, 73-61, on a snowy Jan. 30 at LCCC. Sophomore Eric Johnson led with a team-high 15 points and senior Jeremiah Jenkins added 14 points. 

Women's basketball wins 14 Straight on guest coach night, flying by Penn State Hazleton,105-66

The Penn State Lehigh Valley women's basketball team won its 14th straight game and remains unbeaten in the PSUAC with a 105-66 win over visiting Penn State Hazleton on Jan. 30 at LCCC.  With the win, Penn State Lehigh Valley improves to 15-2 overall.

Teri Kistler, lecturer in rehabilitation and human services at Penn State Lehigh Valley, served as the team’s guest coach. Kistler gave an inspirational pregame talk and cheered on the bench during the game. First-year student Kion Andrews led with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Ebony Sanders added her own double-double as well, adding 21 points and 16 rebounds.

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Last Updated February 13, 2019