Cannistraci, Christine Voted to All-AMCC Team

Alexis Cannistraci and Finnley Christine
Credit: Penn State

NORTH BOSTON, N.Y. — Penn State Altoona junior guard/forward Alexis Cannistraci (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) and senior guard Finnley Christine (Tyrone, PA/Tyrone) each earned a spot on the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball team, which was announced on Tuesday, March 3.

Cannistraci was voted first-team All-AMCC, while Christine took third-team honors.

Cannistraci had a sensational junior campaign with the Penn State Altoona women’s basketball team, becoming the fifth player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark in a career. At the end of the season, Cannistraci ranks third all-time in points scored with 1,111 in 75 career games.

Cannistraci played in and started 26 games for the Lady Lions this season. She ranked among the top 10 players in the AMCC in many different statistical categories, including being first in free throws made (110), second in points (440), points per game (16.9), blocks (49), and blocks per game (1.9), third in defensive rebounds (171), fourth in field goals made (151), fifth in rebounds per game (9.0), sixth in total rebounds (234), steals (50), and steals per game (1.9), seventh in three-point percentage (32.9), eighth in free throw percentage (76.4) and points per 40 minutes (19.7), and 10th in offensive rebounds (63). Cannistraci was also 13th in the league in assists (64), 14th in assists per game (2.5), and 16th in field goal percentage (41.4) and three-pointers made (28). She led Penn State Altoona this season with 12 double-doubles, and she was a two-time AMCC Player of the Week selection.

This is the second time that Cannistraci has earned All-AMCC recognition in her three-year Penn State Altoona women’s basketball career, as she was also a first-team pick at the conclusion of last season.

Christine capped her standout four-year collegiate career by becoming Penn State Altoona’s all-time leading scorer this season. The senior ranks first in Lady Lions' basketball history with 1,276 career points scored, and she also finishes as the program’s leader in career field goals made with 455.

Christine played in 26 games this season for Penn State Altoona, starting 25 of them. In the AMCC, she ranked fifth in free throws made (86), ninth in field goal percentage (43.8), 10th in free throw percentage (72.3), 11th in points per 40 minutes (17.6), 15th in points (305), points per game (11.7), and assists (61), 16th in assists per game (2.3), 17th in field goals made (103), 24th in steals (35), 26th in steals per game (1.3) and defensive rebounds (82), 28th in total rebounds (119) and rebounds per game (4.6), and 30th in offensive rebounds (37).

This marks the third time in Christine’s four-year career that she was voted to the AMCC’s All-Conference squad, after being a second-team selection in both her sophomore and junior seasons.

Penn State Altoona women’s basketball finished its 2019-20 season with a 14-12 overall record, including a 12-8 AMCC record that placed the Lady Lions sixth in the regular-season standings. The team’s season ended last Tuesday with a loss to D’Youville College in the first round of the conference tournament.