Saturday, December 30, 2017

Bloomsburg University Women's Basketball Falls at Lock Haven In PSAC Play

LOCK HAVEN, PA - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team fell in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play on Saturday (Dec. 30) at Lock Haven by a score of 66-57.

The Bald Eagles led 16-15 after a tight, but back-and-forth first quarter. The Huskies jumped out to a 7-2 lead early in the frame, after Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) got things started with a jumper. Jalyn Shelton-Burleigh got the Bald Eagles on the board, before a long ball from Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) and a layup from Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) extended the Huskies lead to two possessions. The Bald Eagles trimmed it to one possession on an old-fashioned three-point play from Kayla Henderson, before taking the lead on a three-pointer from Becca Reilly. The teams eventually knotted up at nine-apiece and then again at 14-apiece with just 1:36 left in the quarter, before the Bald Eagles took the lead at the end of the frame.

Lock Haven led by one yet again after the second quarter, holding a 28-27 lead at the half. The frame began with the Bald Eagles extending their lead to three on a Henderson layup, before Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) cut the deficit back to one with a layup. Just over two minutes in, Bloomsburg was able to take a lead on a jumper from Brandt, before Corridoni extended the lead to three at the 7:30 mark. With 6:41 left in the frame, Ahnera Parker tied the game at 21 with a three-pointer, before Leah Myers (York, Pa./Eastern York) re-gained the BU lead with a layup. Bink Redman would match Myers's two points to tie the game at 23 with under six minutes remaining in the quarter. Parker would make yet another play for Lock Haven, scoring three points on a layup coupled with a foul shot to give the home team at 26-23 lead.  With 1:11 left, Parker knocked down another jumper to give Lock Haven their biggest lead of the day at five, before a Corridoni jumper and a Montana layup rounded out the scoring for the half.

The Bald Eagles would take control in the third quarter by out-scoring Bloomsburg 19-9 and taking a 47-36 lead. Reilly opened the quarter with another three-pointer, before Montana countered with a layup and a foul shot on a three-point play. Shelton-Burleigh extended the small lead with a jumper, and Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) went to the line on the following trip down the floor. Saxton split the pair, getting the Huskies back within two. Parker scored a layup with 5:45 left to get Lock Haven up by four, before a jumper from Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) got the Huskies back within two at 35-33. Parker continued her strong day with another two points, before swiping a steal on the Huskies next possession and scoring a breakaway layup. With 3:42 left, Montana got Bloomsburg back within two with a layup off an assist from Myers. Lock Haven's next possession sent Parker to the charity stripe where she split the pair to get her team's lead to five. On Bloomsburg's next possession, Montana would make one of two free throws to get the Huskies within four and put the score at 40-36, but that was the last point Bloomsburg would score in the third quarter. The Bald Eagles ended the third quarter with a 7-0 run over the last three minutes and change.

Lock Haven held its double-digit lead for most of the fourth, with the Huskies getting as close as seven thanks to two points from Myers and back-to-back scores from Corridoni. After Lock Haven re-gained its double-digit lead, Bloomsburg would get within as few as five thanks to a long ball from Molnar a pair of free throws from Mack and a three-pointer from Corridoni, but Lock Haven was able to ice the game from the free throw line. 

The Huskies shot 34.4 percent from the floor, just 19.0 percent from long range and 52.9 percent from the charity stripe. Montana led the Huskies in scoring with 15 points, while Corridoni added 13. Myers also chipped in nine, while five other Huskies scored. The Huskies out-rebounded Lock Haven 44-41 in the contest. Montana also led the individual effort on the glass, pulling down a team-high eight. Mack and Myers each also dished out a team-high three assists in the loss.

The Huskies fall to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in PSAC play. Lock Haven moves to 2-8 overall and 1-5 in the conference. Bloomsburg will return to action on Jan. 3, 2018 when they travel to PSAC East rival Kutztown. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. 
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