Sunday, December 17, 2017

Bloomsburg University Women's Basketball Drops Saturday Contest to Jefferson


Box Score
BLOOMSBURG, PA – The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team dropped their non-conference contest to Jefferson at home on Saturday (Dec. 16) by a score of 71-58.

The Huskies led 21-20 after the first quarter, leading by as many as eight in the frame. Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) got the Huskies started with a layup and a three-pointer on their first two possessions, before Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) was able to score a layup. Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) netted a close-range jumper to get the Huskies up by five, before Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) stretched the Huskies lead to seven just over three minutes into the game. 

Alynna Williams scored a jumper to get the lead back to five, before the teams traded a handful of empty possessions. Beverly Kum got in on the scoring with a layup to cut her team's deficit to three, before another bucket from Saxton got the Huskies back up 13-8 with 4:28 to play in the frame. Darcy Lee (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) got in on the scoring with a layup to get the Huskies lead back up to seven, but it was countered by a Rachel Day layup and the teams stayed separated by five points. 

The Huskies hit their frame-high eight-point lead on the next trip down the floor when Lee knocked down a triple with 2:44 left in the quarter to make it 18-10. Erin Maher countered that bucket with a three-pointer of her own, get the game back to five points. Maher knocked down a triple on the next possession and all of a sudden, the game was back to within one possession. Saxton would find Sneidman open on the wing with Sneidman knocking down the long ball to extend BU's lead back to five with 1:25 remaining. Jessca Kaminski would score on the final two possessions of the frame for Jefferson, leaving Bloomsburg ahead just 21-20 after 10 minutes.

A cold-shooting second quarter for Bloomsburg would come back to haunt the Huskies, as they were out-scored 14-7 in the frame. Saxton netted the first points of the quarter on a layup, but then the Rams would go on a 10-0 run leading from the 8:17 mark to the media timeout at the 4:39 mark. The run started with a pair of free throws from Kaminski, followed by a long ball from Caitlyn Cunningham on the next possession. Sabria Lytes got in on the scoring with a layup, before Williams split a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to five. 

It would be Williams on the next trip down the floor who knocked down a jumper to extend the lead to seven before the media timeout with 4:39 left in the half. Coming out of the timeout, it was Saxton whose layup calmed the run and got the Huskies back within five (30-25). Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) split a pair from the stripe to make it 30-26 with 2:50 left, before Williams created a turnover and scored the breakaway layup to get her team back up by six. After a Mack jumper on a fastbreak, it was Williams again who sunk the buzzer-beater to get her team's lead back to six at the half.

Leading 34-28 at the half, the Rams sparked another run in the early part of the quarter to take control of the game. After a layup by Rachel Day countered by a jumper from Mack, the Rams began controlling the glass and getting plenty of extra chances. Kum sank a pair from the charity stripe, before an offensive board followed by an old-fashioned three-point play by Kaminski sent her to the line for one. She knocked it down and got the Jefferson lead up to 12. On the next trip down the floor, Kaminski extended the lead to 14 with a layup, before Mack was able to stop the Huskies cold streak. 

Coming out of the media timeout with 4:11 left in the quarter, Jefferson held a 44-32 lead and never looked back. They led by at least 10 for the remainder of the quarter and ultimately the game.
For the game, Bloomsburg shut 41.8 percent from the floor, 28.6 percent from long range and 60.0 percent from the stripe. Saxton 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 Huskies come back from the Christmas holiday on Saturday (Dec. 30) when they return to league play at Lock Haven. Tip-off for that game is set for 1:00 p.m.

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