CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Penn State Lehigh Valley’s women’s basketball team recently finished up their 2021-22 season with an impressive 22-6 record — the second-most wins in the program’s history.
The team made it all the way to the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) semifinals, ultimately falling short to Penn State Beaver, 65-50.
Head coach Lorie Khalil said the team showed tremendous resiliency and dedication throughout the season, especially after the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020-21 campaign.
“They still practiced without a timeline or any goal of playing. But they showed up every day,” Khalil said. “Even with this season, we played with COVID protocols in place. They stayed resilient and stayed focused, and that’s what led to our success this year.”
Highlights of the season included senior Taylor Rae Styles scoring her 1,000th career point. Khalil said watching the team grow collectively from start to finish, and individual players receiving post-season accolades, were especially gratifying for her. The team will graduate four seniors — Styles, Anaya White, Kristin Curry and Taz Moore.
While it’s nice to reflect, Khalil and the returning players are already looking to make 2022-23 an even more successful season.
“With the core of returning players we have coming back, and the foundations the seniors have laid, our goal is to win the championship,” Khalil said.