Friday, December 29, 2017

Basketball - Huskies Return to Conference Play at Lock Haven on Saturday


STORYLINE
Bloomsburg and Lock Haven will both return to league play for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) battle on Saturday (Dec. 30). Bloomsburg is currently tied for second in the PSAC East standings, while the Bald Eagles lodged in a three-way tie at the bottom of the division.


ALL-TIME SERIES
Bloomsburg leads the all-time series against Lock Haven 26-18.

LAST MEETING
The Huskies defeated the Bald Eagles 61-50 in the two teams' last meeting back on Feb. 25, 2017 at Bloomsburg's Nelson Field House. After being held to just nine points in the first quarter, BU out-scored Lock Haven in each of the final three quarters to claim the home win. Four Huskies scored in double figures in the win, led by 14 points from Morgan Klunk. Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) added 13, while Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) chipped in 11 and Taylor Montana(Berwick, Pa./Berwick) contributed 10.

LAST TIME OUT
The Huskies fell to Jefferson at home on Saturday (Dec. 16) by a score of 71-58. BU led 21-20 after one quarter, but was held to seven points in the second which would put some separation between the teams for good. For the game, Bloomsburg shut 41.8 percent from the floor, 28.6 percent from long range and 60.0 percent from the stripe. Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) led the Huskies and tied a game-high with 20 points, while Mack notched 18 in a strong performance. Five other Huskies scored in the contest. Saxton also notched a team-high six boards with three each offensively and defensively. In the game, Saxton notched new career-highs in points, minutes (37), rebounds (six) and field goals (nine) and tied a career-high mark in three-pointers with two. Mack also tied a career-high in free throws with four. Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South) also set a new career-high on the day, dishing out six assists.

The Bald Eagles fell at Wilmington (Del.) 79-66 back on Sunday (Dec. 17). Lock Haven trailed 20-13 after one quarter, but suffered a similar second quarter to Bloomsburg being out-scored 21-6. The Bald Eagles out-scored the Wildcats in both the third and fourth quarters, but it was not enough. Four Bald Eagles scored in double figures, with Rileigh Devine and Kayla Henderson each scored 15 points and Jalyn Shelton-Burleigh and Maimuna Kenneh each netting 13.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG
The Huskies score 55.8 points per game, and are also fifth in the PSAC in scoring defense giving up 60.3 points per game. Three Huskies average over seven points per game, led by Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer)'s 7.5 average. Montana and Mack each average 7.1 points per game. On the glass, Bloomsburg pulls down 37.2 rebounds per game while giving up 39.8 per game. Montana is the team's leader in rebounds, grabbing 5.0 per game. Seven Huskies have recorded double-digit assists on the season, led by 25 from Spadaccino. Sneidman is second on the team with 24, while Saxton has 19. Mack has recorded 18, while Leah Myers(York, Pa./Eastern York) and Meghan Brandt each have dished out 14. Lauren Oeth (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) rounds out the double-digit helpers with 10. The team's 156 total assists are sixth in the league, while their 14.18 per game average is seventh. Four Huskies log over 20 minutes per game, with Sneidman's 28.2 being a team-high. Saxton is second at 22.2, while Corridoni sees 20.5 minutes per game and Brandt gets 20.4.

SCOUTING LOCK HAVEN
The Bald Eagles score 59.2 points per game, while allowing 75.8 per game. They are third in the league in total rebounding, pulling down 41.7 boards per game. They allow opponents 39.1 boards per game (ninth), good for a +2.6 rebounding margin which is fourth in the conference. Two Bald Eagles average double-figure scoring on the season, in Henderson (11.2) and Devine (11.0). Five Lock Haven players register at least 20 minutes per game, led by Devine's 28.6. Kenneh logs 25.3, while Bink Redman plays 23.9. Shelton-Burleigh is fourth on the team with a mark of 22.8, while Henderson rounds out the group with a mark of 22.2 minutes per game.

UP NEXT
The Huskies will play their first game of 2018 on Wednesday, Jan. 3 when they travel to Kutztown for a PSAC East showdown. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.
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