The Lock Haven University women’s basketball team had a very good campaign this season as they made the PSAC playoffs for the second year in a row, a feat not achieved by the program since 1991.
While many players contributed to the team’s success, a big reason for their playoff run was the outstanding play of redshirt junior forward Lysa Mealing. Mealing lead the country in rebounding at 13.7 per game.
Mealing’s dominant performance on the glass earned her the single season rebounding record at LHU with 343. It also moved her right outside the school’s top 10 all-time with 495 total.
One of the reasons she was able to have the season she had was simply her ability to play a full season for the first time in her career. She appeared in all 25 games this season and started in 22 of them.
Mealing’s play caught many people by surprise, including her. “I didn’t start the season thinking that I would be ranked in the country for rebounding, I just knew I had to do whatever it took to help my team,” Mealing said.
The redshirt junior’s desire to help her team did not go unnoticed, as junior guard Mackenzie Livingston spoke very highly of her.
“Lysa is a great teammate on and off the court. She always has my back no matter the situation,” she said. “Her rebounding is an important contribution to our team because we are not the tallest or strongest.”
Even with her accomplishments this season, it still was not enough to land her a spot on either of the PSAC all-conference teams, which will serve as motivation for Mealing next season.
“My goal is to obviously defend my rebounding title in the PSAC and the country, and I would also want to make an all-conference team my senior year,” she said.
Even her head coach Jennifer Smith took notice to Mealing’s desire to become an all-conference player. “She was very disappointed in not making All-Conference this season and that is driving her to prove herself next season,” Smith said.
Coach Smith believes her improvement offensively is the key to her becoming the player she can be. “She is still very hungry and wants to repeat as the leading rebounder in the nation, but also is looking to contribute more in points as well,” Smith said.
Mealing averaged a respectable 8.9 points per game this season, but she knows some improvements to her game offensively will make her an All-Conference player.
“Getting stronger for the physical game inside will get my shooting percentage higher and make me a threat not only defensively but offensively as well,” Mealing said.
A motivated Lysa Mealing could be a dangerous player in the PSAC next season.